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Calls From Without

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In 1386, soon after he arrived at the University of Vienna, Henry of Langenstein composed a sermon addressed to the Augustinian canons of nearby Klosterneuburg. The canons, who in their everyday speech called themselves choir-lords (Chorherren), enjoyed their daily provision as a lords prebend, with its regular servings of the lords bread and the lords wine. Henry of Langenstein now rudely dismissed all of the attempts at reconciliation. Whatever the obligations of custom and estate, the discretion of superiors and practical circumstance, the canons of Klosterneuburg were nothing but Christians of timid spirit. Around 1412, a troubled collective conscience prompted the Benedictine nuns of St. Giles in Mnster to write to Dietrich Kerkering, renowned theologian of Cologne, regarding a stinging accusation. The royal protonotary and lawyer Job Vener quickly emerged as a leader of the Council of Constance.

Keywords: Augustinian canons; Dietrich Kerkering; Henry of Langenstein; Job Vener; Klosterneuburg; Münster; timid spirit



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