John Fisher's Court Sermons: Preaching for Lady Margaret, 1507-1509

ISBN : 9780198849087

Cecilia A. Hatt
432 ページ
156 x 234 mm

This is a critical edition of John Fisher's Treatise on the Penitential Psalms, sermons delivered in 1507-1508 to the household of Lady Margaret Beaufort, the mother of King Henry VII, who caused them to be published as the first English sermon collection ever printed. Also included is Bishop Fisher's funeral sermon for King Henry and his "month's mind" sermon for Lady Margaret herself, who died shortly after her son. Lady Margaret Beaufort was Fisher's patron and a notable benefactor to the University of Cambridge, where with his guidance she renewed Queens and Christ's Colleges, and founded a third, St John's, which her chaplain Fisher brought to completion after her death. The book features the subtitle "Preaching for Lady Margaret" because she was responsible for bringing the Treatise to general public attention and all these sermons owe their delivery to this remarkable woman, together with the gratitude of John Fisher's modern readers, because Fisher himself rarely sought publication for his English works. They are packed with scholarly reference to patristic and medieval theology, but also to contemporary chronicles, bestiaries and works of natural history and classical authors. This distinguished Treatise and its companion sermons gives the reader a glimpse into Fisher's mind, steeped in and devoted to the learning of his time yet always eager for the new scholarship of the humanists and their discoveries.


List of Illustrations
Editorial practice and Editions
Treatise on the Penitential Psalms 1508 (TPP)
- Introduction to the Psalter
- The Penitential Psalms
- John Fisher and the Treatise
Sermon 1 Ps.6 Domine ne in furore
Sermon 2 Ps.31/ 32 Beati quorum
Sermon 3 Ps. 37/38 Domine ne in furore (1)
Sermon 4 Ps.37/38 Domine ne in furore (2)
Sermon 5 Ps.50/51 Miserere mei Deus (1)
Sermon 6 Ps.50/51 Miserere mei Deus(2) Averte faciem tuam etc.
Sermon 7 Ps.101/2 Domine exaudi (1)
Sermon 8 Ps.101/2 Domine exaudi (2)
Sermon 9 Ps.129/30 De profundis clamavi ad te, Domine
Sermon 10 Ps.142/3 Domine exaudi
Funeral Sermon for King Henry VII 1509 (HFS)
- Introduction
- Text
- Notes
A Mornynge Remembraunce ...for Lady Margaret Beaufort 1509 (MR)
- Introduction
- Text
- Notes
Select Bibliography
Index of Biblical References
General Index


Cecilia A. Hatt specializes in the late medieval and early modern intellectual world of Bishop John Fisher.