Cover

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Frontmatter

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CONTENTS

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p. vii

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PREFACE

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pp. ix-xv

The epigraph to this preface is a gripping moment in a work that is central to this book, a moment of conversion and summons into the Church. But Piers Plowman unfolds a more complicated account of the processes of conversion than the penitent Wille anticipates. He prays for the divine grace that alone can redeem time ...

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1 Augustinian Prelude: Conversion and Agency

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pp. 1-24

In this chapter I will consider some aspects of Augustine’s writing about conversion as a way of approaching his theology of agency, grace, sin, and salvation. This account will be developed in some later chapters (chapters 4 and 5), but it offers a framework for my explorations of fourteenth-century writing on forms ...

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2 Illustrating “Modern Theology”: Sin and Salvation in Ockham

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pp. 25-54

I will begin this brief account of Ockham on sin and salvation with his commentary on the first book of the Sentences.1 Ockham sets himself the following question: “utrum praeter Spiritum Sanctum necesse sit ponere caritatem absolutam creatam, animam formaliter informanten” ( III.440). He characteristically argues that ...

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3 Thomas Bradwardine: Reflections on De Causa Dei contra Pelagium et de Virtute Causarum

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pp. 55-82

In the previous chapter I discussed aspects of Ockham’s theologizing, which is representative of what was customarily called “modern” theology in the later Middle Ages.1 This customary classification seems to have encouraged some contemporary literary commentators to assume that a theology shaped by ...

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4 Remembering the Samaritan, Remembering Semyuief: Salvation and Sin in Piers Plowman (the C Version)

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pp. 83-132

I now turn to William Langland, someone whose theological investigations are pursued in English and in poetry during the second half of the fourteenth century. His great and lifelong work, Piers Plowman, participates in critical and illuminating conversation with many strands of its culture, but in this chapter ...

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5 Sin, Reconciliation, and Redemption: Augustine and Julian of Norwich

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pp. 133-172

Julian of Norwich is probably the most widely read and admired writer from fourteenth-century England. Not only is she read, taught, and written about in university departments of English, theology, and religion, but she also has a substantial following outside universities among Christians. ...

NOTES

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pp. 173-230

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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pp. 231-252

INDEX

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pp. 253-284