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Writing The Memory Of The Virtues And Vices In Johannes Sintram's (D. 1450) Preaching Aids

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This chapter explores how Johannes Sintram, a fifteenth-century Franciscan from Würzburg, collected memory aids in writing to aid his preaching and teaching vocations. For this exploration of Sintram's memory aids, the author studied three sources on the virtues and vices collected in one of Sintram's manuscripts, Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, MS M.298. It contains, among other items, a copy of the Fasciculus morum (a fourteenth-century preacher's handbook), a tree of virtues and a tree of vices keyed to the locations of the virtues and vices in the Fasciculus morum, and a tract on how the virtues and vices ought to be painted. After a short explanation of the contents of the three texts, the chapter addresses two questions: first, what makes these works memory aids; and second, why would Sintram write them down if they were so memorable.

Keywords: Fasciculus morum; Johannes Sintram; memory aids; vices; virtues



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