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Henry Totting of Oyta: Three Sermons of a Late Medieval Intellectual

De passione Domini - De assumpcione beate Virginis Marie - De nativitate Iohannis Baptiste

Jan Odstrčilík, Riccardo Burgazzi and Francesca Battista

The book presents Henry Totting of Oyta (d. 1397), a late medieval intellectual who was active in Erfurt, Prague, Paris, and Vienna. In spite of the fact that he is a well-known figure, the majority of his works remain unedited in manuscripts. The authors analyse and provide the first editions of three of his sermons: On the Passion, On the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and On the Nativity of John the Baptist. Totting wrote each of them at a different point in his career, for a different audience and in a different style. They contribute to our knowledge about late medieval devotion and illustrate the transformation of late medieval intellectual life in Central Europe.

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Jan Odstrčilík studied Medieval and Neo-Latin Studies at Charles University (Prague). He researches late medieval preaching, and medieval Latin treatises on the art of studying.

Riccardo Burgazzi studied Medieval and Neo-Latin Studies at Charles University (Prague). He focuses on late medieval Apocrypha.

Francesca Battista studied History and Literature at G. d’Annunzio University (Chieti-Pescara) and Medieval and Neo-Latin Studies at Charles University (Prague). She specializes in the field of medieval letters, ars dictaminis and female voice in medieval literature.

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