Focusing on the theory and practice of Cistercian persuasion, the articles gathered in this volume offer historical, literary critical and anthropological perspectives on Caesarius of Heisterbach's Dialogus Miraculorum (thirteenth century), the context of its production and other texts directly or indirectly inspired by it. The exempla inserted by Caesarius into a didactic dialogue between a monk and a vice survived for many centuries and travelled across the seas thanks to rewritings and translations into vernacular languages. An accomplished example of the art of persuasion -medieval and early modern- the Dialogus Miraculorum establishes a link t only between the monasteries, the mendicant circles and other religious congregations but also between the Middle Ages and Modernity, the Old and the New World. Contributors are: Jacques Berlioz, Elisa Brilli, Daniele Dehouve, Pierre-Antoine Fabre, Marie Formarier, Jasmin Margarete Hlatky, Elena Koroleva, Nathalie Luca, Brian Patrick McGuire, Stefa Mula, Marie Anne Polo de Beaulieu, Victoria Smirva, and Anne-Marie Turcan-Verkerk.
Victoria Smirnova (Ph.D. 2006), is Senior Lecturer, Russian State University for the Humanities. She specializes in medieval sermons and exempla with particular emphasis on Caesarius of Heisterbach. Her Publications include L'xuvre litteraire du Moyen Age aux yeux de l'historien et du philologue (2014). Marie Anne Polo de Beaulieu (Ph.D. 1984, Habilitation 2001) is Director of Research at the Paris Centre for Historical Research. She published on medieval exempla, preaching and liturgy. Her publications include the edition of Collectio exemplorum cisterciensis (2012) and Predication and Performance (2013). Jacques Berlioz (Ph.D. 1985) is Director of Research at the Paris Centre for Historical Research and former Director of Ecole nationale des chartes (2006-2011). He published on Bernard of Clairvaux and exempla and he is Editor of the Tractatus de diversis materiis predicabilibus of Stephen of Bourbon (2002, 2006).
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Studies in Medieval and Reformation Traditions
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Jacques Berlioz, Marie Anne Polo de Beaulieu, Victoria Smirnova