Session1335
TitleThe Ten Commandments in Medieval Vernaculars
Date/TimeWednesday 9 July 2014: 16.30-18.00
 
OrganiserYouri Desplenter, Vakgroep Nederlandse literatuur, Universiteit Gent
 
Moderator/ChairVeerle Fraeters, Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
 
Paper 1335-a Is There Anything He Doesn't Say?: John of La Rochelle on the Ten Commandments
(Language: English)
Lesley Smith, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Comparative; Language and Literature - Latin; Language and Literature - Middle English; Religious Life
Paper 1335-b The Vernacular Decalogue in the Late 14th Century: An Unpublished Prose Text of Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Laud Misc. 656
(Language: English)
Michael Madrinkian, Hertford College, University of Oxford
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Middle English; Religious Life
Paper 1335-c 14th-Century Middle Dutch Writings on the Ten Commandments: Typology, Dissemination, Audiences
(Language: English)
Marta Adriana Bigus, Vakgroep Letterkunde, Universiteit Gent
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Dutch; Religious Life
 
AbstractThe Ten Commandments played a prominent role in religious instruction of the lower clergy and the laymen. Consequently, a large number of texts discussing the Decalogue had been produced in various vernaculars. A striking characteristic of this body of works is the heterogeneity of textual forms and a wide discrepancies in the complexity of the content. Since this diversity was a pan-European phenomenon, it is vital to compare the developments within various linguistic traditions. By organising a session devoted to vernacular writings on the Ten Commandments, we hope to create a platform for an exchange of the latest research results for scholars of different backgrounds.