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Thomas de Chobham: 'Summa de arte praedicandi.'

Ed. by Franco Morenzoni, Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevaliss, 82 (Turnhout: Brepols, 1988). lxxxiii + 380 pp. ISBN 2-503-03821-0. No price given. Thomas Chobham, student of Peter Chanter, subdean of Salisbury and Parisian academic, is the author of a well-known Summa de Poenitentia and a treatise on the virtues and vices. Morenzoni decisively confirms earlier suggestions that he is also the Thomas of Salisbury who composed this important ars praedicandi, probably dating from the period 1210-20. Efficiently edited from Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Clm 14602 and Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 455, this discussion of the materia predicabilis and the forma of the emergent |thematic' sermon offers a predicationis scientia which later artes refined but did not fundamentally challenge. With its humanistic taste in classical authors, balanced by a liking for Gratian and Peter Lombard, this interesting text is now available for systematic and detailed study, which will be helped by a thorough and scholarly introduction.
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Author:Gillespie, V.
Publication:Medium Aevum
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Mar 22, 1993
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