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Preaching On Martyr-Bishops In The Later Middle Ages: Saint Stanislaus Of Kraków And Saint Thomas Becket

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The fates of St. Thomas and St. Stanislaus appear similar at first sight: a virtuous life, service to their kings, becoming bishops, defending the Church and morals, coming into conflict with the king, and a martyr's death. The analysis of late medieval Latin sermons on these two can help identify and clarify the connections and analogies between their cults, and also their individual differences and particularities. The observations on Stanislaus' sermons presented in this chapter are based mostly on manuscripts. St. Thomas of Canterbury was venerated in Poland shortly after his death. In sermons on St. Thomas and St. Stanislaus meant for clerical or educated listeners or readers, preachers could deal with political-ecclesiastical issues, turning to political theory and theology or to topical matters. Some stayed within the general discussion, often only academic, while some dared to address particular problems.

Keywords: Saint Stanislaus of Kraków; Saint Thomas Becket; sermons



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