Johannes de Bromyard - Summa Praedicantium omni Eruditione Refertissima (...) prima pars - Venice, Apud Dominucum Nicolinum, 1586 - (29),466 pp - 22 × 17 cm
Bound in 16th-century blind-stamped pigskin binding over wooden boards with central panel stamped “IHS”, within double rectangular borders showing figures of saints and ornamental patterns, with 2 brass clasps and catches
Endpapers and title page with scattered annotations. Edges of covers worn, occasionally slightly damaged, foot of spine worn, top of spine damaged; scratch on backcover. Bookblock solid and pages clean.
John Bromyard spent most of his career at the newly founded Dominican priory at Hereford. The Dominicans had been fighting for a foothold here for eighty years against the resistance of the Dean and Chapter, before they were finally established under the patronage of Edward II in 1322. Bromyard must therefore have been among the first friars to join the fledgeling priory. In an age when manuscript books were prohibitively expensive, it is likely that he embarked on the task of compiling preaching aids as a means of providing the priory with a library to support its preaching mission. The sheer volume of his work suggests that it may well have been produced by a collaborative process involving the other friars at the Hereford priory, with Bromyard acting as editor in chief.
Bromyard was a pioneer or early adopter of new techniques in the organization of information. Each of his surviving works is provided with an alphabetical index. He employs standardized divisions of his texts, and uses them for systematic cross-references.
As aids to preaching, his works included all manner of preachable material according to the homiletic practice of the time: exempla, authorities from the church fathers and bible as well as from classical authors, natural lore, proverbs and verses (some in French or English), etc. He uses "scientific knowledge" (natura ratione) to explain natural phenomenon such as "rain" taking away the mysticism of "acts of God".
Bromyard was one of the most influential preachers of the 14th century in England. His Summa Predicantium was cited by many writers of the succeeding generations and used by many more
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- Johannes de Bromyard
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- Summa Praedicantium omni Eruditione Refertissima
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- Venice, Apud Dominucum Nicolinum
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- 22×17 cm