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Pricke of Conscience : A Transcription of the Southern Recension (Paperback)
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Dating from the early 14th century, this dramatic Middle English sermon rehearses God’s humanity's wretchedness and the world's instability, before contemplating the journey from death to the anguish of purgatory and hell, or ultimately to the joys of heaven. Its 7,316 lines of rhyming couplets present sensational descriptions intended to shock the audience into religious zeal, alongside a biblical exegesis reinforcing the message of salvation and cautioning against its impediments. Although the Main version of the Pricke of Conscience has twice been edited from two manuscripts, no version from the Southern Recension group has been edited to date. This edited version of a shorter, tighter Southern manuscript fills the gap. Online glosses, extensive notes and translated Latin quotations make this fascinating text accessible to modern readers.
Number of Pages: 179
Publisher: McFarland Publishing
Street Date: April 16, 2018
Item Number (DPCI): 248-49-5261