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Leonard E. Boyle And The Invention Of Pastoralia

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Among the pioneers in the study of late medieval pastoral care, Leonard E. Boyle, O.P. deserves a certain pride of place. This chapter revisits the seminal articles that he has left for us and hopes to evoke something of the richness of his teaching, and suggests the continuing relevance of the details of his work for the study of medieval pastoral care. First it should be noted that the article, rather than the monograph, was Father Boyles preferred tool of scholarly investigation. Next, it draws attention to the importance of the footnote in these articles. Finally, it mentions what author calls the Boyler Room Rules. Three rules that are crucial to understanding Fr. Boyles invention of pastoralia are these: 1) Begin your research with something specific; 2) Treat the medieval texts and their authors with utmost respect. 3) Be prepared to follow the evidence wherever it might lead.

Keywords: footnote; Leonard E. Boyle; medieval texts; pastoral care; pastoralia; scholarly investigation

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