Images, rubrics, and indulgences on the eve of the Reformation

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This article addresses two questions: how did rubrics take on a role of authority within the late medieval prayer book? And how did rubrics shape readers' reception of images? Drawing upon previously unpublished manuscript fragments housed at Emory University (where this paper was first given as a lecture), the article posits three categories of prayer and considers prayer in light of Austin's speech act theory.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Authority of the Word
Subtitle of host publication Reflecting on Image and Text in Northern Europe, 1400-1700
EditorsCeleste Brusati , Karl A.E. Enenkel, Walter Melion
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages37
ISBN (Print)9789004215153
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

Publication series

NameIntersections: Interdisciplanary Studies in Early Modern Culture
ISSN (Print)1568-1181


  • Manuscript illumination
  • Reformation
  • Indulgences


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