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This chapter provides introduction to the Limburg sermons and their critical history. It begins by tracing the adventures of the crucial Hague manuscript, followed by a brief overview of medieval preaching practices, with special attention to the vernacular tradition. The chapter discusses the relationship between the Limburg sermons and the Middle High German St. Georgen sermons. The following section deals with a group of texts from the Rhineland that exhibits an affinity with the St. Georgen sermons and the Limburg sermons, and which may or may not be connected with the Cistercian order. The chapter concludes with an outline of the development of vernacular religious literature in the Southern Netherlands.

Keywords: Hague manuscript; Limburg sermons; medieval preaching practices; Rhineland; Southern Netherlands; St. Georgen sermons



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