Medieval Studies



Bibliographies and Handbooks:

Thomas N. Hall, “A Basic Bibliography of Medieval Sermon Studies,” Medieval Sermon Studies Newsletter 36 (Autumn 1995), 26-42. 291.43090205 ME STX.

See also Kaske, Medieval Christian, pp. 80-90; N. Bériou in Berlioz, Identifier sources, pp. 201-210; B. M. Kienzle and D. L. d’Avray in Mantello & Rigg, Medieval Latin, pp. 659-69, and the separate bibliographies on The Bible and its Interpretation in the Middle Ages.

To keep up to date, consult recent issues of the Medieval Sermon Studies, as well as Medioevo Latino under the headings “Liturgica--Forme e Generi di Testo--Homeliaria Liturgica” and “Predicazione.”

The Sermon, ed. Beverly Mayne Kienzle, Typologie des sources, 81-83 (2000). 252 Se675 CLR. Covers the major medieval vernacular languages as well as Latin, with a cumulative bibliography for all chapters.

Jean Longère, La prédication médiévale (Paris, 1983). 252.00902 L858p STX, CLR. Comprehensive in scope, with an extensive bibliography, pp. 247-63.

Jean Longère, “Le vocabulaire de la prédication,” in La Lexicographie du latin médiéval et ses rapports avec les recherches actuelles sur la civilisation du moyen-âge (Paris, 1981), pp. 303-20. 477 L591 STX.

Jacqueline Hamesse and X. Hermand, ed. De l’homélie au sermon: Histoire de la prédication médiévale (Louvain-la-Neuve, 1993). 291.430902 M468 STX.

Hughes Oliphant Old, The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church (Grand Rapids, 1998- ). v. 2. The patristic age -- v. 3. The medieval church.  Not in UIL.

J. B. Schneyer, Geschichte der katholischen Predigt (Freiburg i.B., 1969). Not in UIL.

L. Hödl and R. Hetzler, “Zum Stand der Erforschung der lateinischen Sermones des Mittelalters (für die Zeit von 1350-1500),” Scriptorium 46 (1992), 121-135.

Thomas Leslie Amos, The Origin and Nature of the Carolingian Sermon, 2 vols. (PhD. diss. Michigan State, 1983). 251.00902 Am69o1995 STX.

D. L. D’Avray, The Preaching of the Friars:  Sermons Diffused from Paris before 1300 (Oxford, 1985). 252.02 D312P STX.

Hervé Martin, Le métier de prédicateur en France septentrionale a la fin du Moyen Age, 1350-1520 (Paris, 1998). 255.00944 M364M STX. contains a Bibliographie générale.

Bibliographie de François Dolbeau


Medieval Sermon Studies (1977- ). 291.43090205 ME STX.


Patrologia Latina indices of sermons and homilies in vol. 221.

Hermann Josef Sieben, Kirchenväterhomilien zum Neuen Testament: Ein Repertorium der Textausgaben und Übersetzungen, mit einem Anhang der Kirchenväterkommentare, Instrumenta Patristica 22 (Steenbrugge, 1991). 281.1In7 v. 22 CLX. Lists patristic homilies by New Testament book and verse, with references to editions and translations.

Hubertus R. Drobner, Augustinus von Hippo: Sermones ad Populum: Überlieferung und Bestand Bibliographie - Indices (Leiden, 2000). 252.014 Au457d STX. Inventory of Augustine’s sermons by published series (from the Maurist edition reprinted by Migne to the Sermones Dolbeau) as well as by content (biblical book and liturgical feast); includes a “Themeindex” of biblical citations and names and things, and a comprehensive bibliography (includes translations and some pseudo-Augustinian sermons), and elaborate indices.

François Dolbeau, Augustin et la prédiction en Afrique. Recherches sur divers sermons authentiques, apocryphes ou anonymes, Collections des Études Augustiniennes, Série Antiquité 179 (Paris, 2005).

Johannes Machielsen, Clavis Patristica Pseudepigraphorum Medii Aevi, I: Opera Homiletica, 2 vols. (Turnhout, 1990) II, 941-98. 281.1 C817 CLR. Bibliographical guide to sermons and homilies falsely attributed to a patristic author. Should be used to control attributions in the Patrologia Latina. Includes indices concording references with the PL as well as the Clavis Patrum Latinorum.

Lidia Perria, I manoscritti citati da Albert Ehrhard: indice di A. Ehrhard, Überlieferung und Bestand der hagiographischen und homiletischen Literatur der griechischen Kirche, I-III, Leipzig-Berlin 1937-1952 (Rome, 1979). 270.3 P428M CLX, STX.

Johann Baptist Schneyer, Repertorium der lateinischen Sermones des Mittelalters für die Zeit von 1150-1350, 11 vols., Beiträge zur Geschichte der Philosophie und Theologie des Mittelalters 43/1-11 (Münster i.W. 1969-90). 109B39v.43. UIL lacks vols. 10-11 containing the alphabetical list of initia. Electronic version ed. L. Hödl and W. Knoch. For comments on how to use Schneyer’s work, see Kaske, Medieval Christian Literary Imagery, p. 81, and Berlioz, Identifier sources et citations, pp. 204-5. The following work provides an additional means of access.

Johann Baptist Schneyer, Wegweiser zu lateinischen Predigtreihen des Mittelalters (Munich, 1965). 252 SCH5W CLR. Alphabetical list of biblical ‘themes’ of sermons and initia from the 12th through16th centuries. See Kaske, p. 81.

Louis-Jacques Bataillon, “Compléments au Repertorium de Schneyer: I.,” Medieval Sermon Studies 44 (2000), 15-36.

L. Hödl and W. Koch, Repertorium der lateinischen Sermones des Spätmittelalters 1350 bis 1500 (Münster, 1999). [CD-ROM]. Not in UIL.

Siegfried Wenzel, Latin Sermon Collections from Later Medieval England: Orthodox Preaching in the Age of Wyclif (Cambridge, 2005). 875.9 W489l STX.

Thesaurus des sermons de Jacques de Voragine.

For incipits of sermons, in addition to the indices in the above repertories:

Répertoire d'incipit de sermons latins. Antiquité tardive et Moyen Age (Paris, 1987). 240 microfiche reproducing the card-files of the IRHT. 

In Principio: Index of Latin Texts (Brepols, 1997) (on-line version; also CDROM In7i v.5 CLR). Based on the materials at IRHT and HMML.

Germain Morin, Sancti Caesarii Arelatensis sermones, Corpus Christianorum, Series Latina 103-104. 281.1C817 v.103-104 STX. The alphabetical inventory includes many falsely attributed sermons.

Schneyer, Wegweiser, includes a bibliography of lists of initia of scholastic preachers and anonymous scholastic sermons, pp. 547-55.

For others, see Berlioz, Identifier sources et citations, pp. 204-7. 

Some recent collections:

Nicole Bériou and David L. D’Avray, Modern Questions about Medieval Sermons: Essays on Marriage, Death, History and Sanctity (Spoleto, 1994). 251.00902 B454m STX.

Laura Gaffuri and Riccardo Quinto, ed., Predicazione e società nel medioevo: riflessioni etica, valori e modelli di comportamento (Padova, 2002). 291.430902 M468p STX.

Jacqueline Hamesse and Xavier Hermand, ed., De l’homélie au sermon. Histoire de la prédication médiévale (Louvain-la-Neuve, 1993). 291.430902 M468 STX.

Caroline Muessig, ed., Medieval Monastic Preaching (Leiden, 1998). 251.00940902 M468 STX.

Caroline Muessig, ed., Preacher, Sermon and Audience in the Middle Ages (Leiden, 2002). 251.00902 P92 STX.

For others search the LC subject headings  “Preaching—History—Middle Ages, 600-1500” and “Sermons—Latin.”

Some English translations:

The Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers, 4 vols., trans. M.F. Toal (Chicago, 1958-63). 226 T55P1964 STX.

The Works of Saint Augustine: A Translation for the 21st Century, trans. Edmund Hill, ed. John E. Rotelle (Brooklyn, 1990-97). 871 A59.Eh CLX. Includes the sermons: pt. 3, v. 1. Sermons on the Old Testament, 1-19 -- pt. 3, v. 2. Sermons on the Old Testament, 20-50 -- pt. 3, v. 3. Sermons on the New Testament, 51-94 -- pt. 3, v. 4. Sermons on the New Testament, 94A-147A -- pt. 3, v. 5. Sermons on the New Testament, 148-183 -- pt. 3, v. 6. Sermons on the liturgical seasons, 184-229 -- pt. 3, v. 7. Sermons on the liturgical seasons, 230-272B -- pt. 3, v. 8. Sermons on the saints, 273-305A -- pt. 3, v. 9. Sermons on the saints, 306-340A -- v. 10. Sermons on various subjects, 341-400 -- pt. 3, v. 18. Expositions of the Psalms, 73-98.

Gregory the Great. Forty Gospel Homilies, trans. David Hurst (Kalamazoo, 1990). 252.014 G862X:E STX.

Germain Morin, Sancti Caesarii Arelatensis sermones, Corpus Christianorum, Series Latina 103-104. 281.1C817 v.103-104 CLR. The alphabetical inventory includes many falsely attributed sermons. The extensive discussion of manuscripts catalogues many non-Caesarian homilies that circulated with the homilies of Caesarius.

Caesarius of Arles: Sermons, trans. Sister Mary Magdeleine Mueller, The Fathers of the Church, vols. 31, 47, 66 (Washington, DC, 1956-73). 281.1 F269 STX.

Sermons au peuple. Césaire d’Arles. Introd., traduction, et notes par Marie-José Delage, Sources chrétiennes 175 (Paris, 1971- ). 281.1 C11SFD STX.

Sermons sur l’écriture. Césaire d’Arles; texte critique par G. Morin; introduction, traduction et notes par Joël Courreau, Sources chrétiennes 447 (Paris, 2000). 281.1 C11SFD STX.

For others search the LC subject heading “Sermons, English—Translations from Latin.”

For homiliaries see:

Clavis Patrum Latinorum, pp. 652-54.

Réginald Grégoire, Homiliaires liturgiques médiévaux: Analyse des manuscrits (Spoleto, 1980). 264.6 G861H CLR. Inventories contents of the major homiliaries, including Paul the Deacon’s. Updated and expanded version of Grégoire’s Les homiliaires du Moyen Âge (Rome, 1966), which is still of value for the texts published in the appendices.

Réginald Grégoire, "Les homéliaires liturgiques des églises d'Orient," Parole de l'Orient 4 (1968), 37-53.

Henri Barré, Les Homiliaires carolingiens de l’école d’Auxerre, Studi e Testi 225 (Rome, 1962). 264.6 B27H STX.

Raymond Étaix, Homéliaires patristiques latins. Receuil d’études de manuscrits médiévaux (Paris, 1994). Not in UIL.

Omeliari in Scrittura beneventana.

For the pericope system see:

Stephan Beissel, Entstehung der Perikopen des römischen Messbuches: Zur Geschichte der Evangelienbücher in der ersten Hälfte des Mittelalters (Rome, 1907), with comparative tables at pp. 157-92 and an index of pericopes at 197-211.  264.02 B39E1967 CLR.

Gerhard Kunze, Die gottesdienstliche Schriftlesung, 1: Stand und Aufgaben der Pericopenforschung, Veroffentlichungen der evangelischen Gesellschaft für Liturgieforschung, 1 (Göttingen, 1947).

Hughes Olifant Old, The Reading and Preaching of the Scripturs in the Worship of the Church, vol. 1: The Patristic Age (New York, 1998); vol. 2: The Medieval Church (New York, 1999).

Theodor Klauser, Das römische capitulare evangeliorum, Liturgiegeschichtliche Quellen und Forschungen 28 (Münster, 1935). Not in UIL.

W. H. Frere, Studies in the Early Roman Liturgy, 2: The Roman Gospel-Lectionary; 3: The Roman Epistle-Lectionary, Alcuin Club Collections 30, 32 (London, 1934-35).

Ursula Lenker, Die Westsächsische Evangelienversion und die Perikopenordnungen im angelsächsischen England (Munich, 1997). Not in UIL.

G. Godu, “Epitres” and “Evangiles,” in Dictionnaire d’archéologie chrétienne et de liturgie 5/1, 345-344 and 852-923.


BIBLIEX: Bibliographie européenne des exempla.

RELEX: Ressources en ligne des exempla.

Thesaurus Exemplorum Medii Aevi. Allows searches by collection, “notebook” (published indices such as Aarne-Thompson, Tubach, etc.), Tubach number, word(s) of summary and keywords.

J.-Th. Welter, L’exemplum dans la littérature religieuse et didactique du moyen âge (Paris, 1927). 251 W46E STX.

*Frederic C. Tubach, Index exemplorum: A Handbook of Medieval Religious Tales, Folklore Fellows Communications 86, no. 204 (Helsinki, 1969). 398.06 FOL STX.

Jacques Berlioz et al., Les exempla médiévaux. Introduction à la recherche suivie des tables critiques de l’Index exemplorum de Frederic C. Tubach (Carcassonne, 1992).  Not in UIL.

Les Exempla médiévaux: Nouvelles perspectives, ed. Jacques Berlioz and Marie Anne Polo de Beaulieu (Paris, 1998). 809.02 Ex351 STX.

Claude Bremond, Jacques Le Goff, and Jean-Claude Schmitt, L’ “Exemplum”, Typologie des sources no. 40.

Christoph Daxelmüller, “Zum Beispiel: Eine exemplarische Bibliographie (Teil I-III),” Jahrbuch für Volkskunde N.F. 13 (1990), 218-40; N.F. 14, (1991), 215-40; N.F. 15 (1992), 223-44.

Jean-Claude Schmitt, Prêcher d’exemples: récits de prédicateurs du Moyen Age (Paris, 1985). 840 P911 STX.

Some major medieval collections:

Thomas Frederick Crane, The Exempla, or Illustrative Stories from the Sermones Vulgares of Jacques de Vitry (London, 1890).  Online reproduction available at the gallica site.

Caesarius of Heisterbach, Dialogus miraculorum, ed. Joseph Strange.

Césaire de Heisterbach en Ligne.

The Dialogue on Miracles. Caesarius of Heisterbach (1220-1235), trans. H. von E. Scott and C. C. Swinton Bland, 2 vols. (London, 1929). 231.7 C11ES STX.

See also Kaske, Medieval Christian Literary Imagery, pp. 88-89; Berlioz, Identifier sources, pp. 211-22; Mantello and Rigg, Medieval Latin, pp. 582-88.

Preachers’ manuals:

Harry Caplan, Mediaeval artes praedicandi (New York, 1934). 879C81 CLX; with A Supplementary Handlist (New York, 1936).

Marianne G. Briscoe and Barbara H. Jaye, Artes praedicandi and Artes orandi, Typologie des sources 61 (Turnhout, 1992).

Some on-line resources:

International Medieval Sermon Studies Society  édition électronique d’un corpus de sermons latins médiévaux

Christoph Cluse, Bibliographischer Einstieg: Prediger und Predigten (12.-15. Jh.).

A Bibliographical Register of the Sermons & Other Orations Delivered at the Council of Constance (1414-1418).

John M. Howe, Sermons.

A Reportorium of Middle English Prose Sermons.

Charles D. Wright

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