5. ‘Expresse Words’: Lancelot Andrewes and the Sermons and Devotions of 1611

  1. Helen Wilcox

Published Online: 30 NOV 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118327647.ch5

1611: Authority, Gender and the Word in Early Modern England

1611: Authority, Gender and the Word in Early Modern England

How to Cite

Wilcox, H. (ed) (2014) ‘Expresse Words’: Lancelot Andrewes and the Sermons and Devotions of 1611, in 1611: Authority, Gender and the Word in Early Modern England, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118327647.ch5

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 NOV 2013
  2. Published Print: 2 JAN 2014

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405193917

Online ISBN: 9781118327647

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Keywords:

  • Lancelot Andrewes;
  • scripture;
  • sermons of 1611;
  • textual culture

Summary

The most prominent single genre among the texts of 1611 is undoubtedly the sermon. More sermons were printed, and preached around the country, than any other mode of written or enacted work. Sermons often shared the sense of the moment also captured in royal proclamations, satirical pamphlets, witty plays and the ever-popular almanacs. In 1611, the early modern sermon was an immensely flexible genre and at its best rivalled poetry and theatrical performance for rhetorical skill and dramatic impact. The ‘hard places’ of scripture were ‘made plaine’ to the ‘understanding’ by the brilliantly learned exegesis and linguistic knowledge of a preacher such as Lancelot Andrewes. The fact that preaching was even considered to play a vital role in the education and social order of the kingdom, suggests the lively presence and considerable status of sermons in early modern English textual culture.