Gerson as a Preacher in the Conflict Between Mendicants and Secular Priests
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1163/9789047409076_008
Jean Gerson enjoyed a long and successful career as a preacher whose audiences included the French court, the University of Paris, the Council of Constance, the people of Paris and Bruges, religious orders and those who sought his spiritual advice. Prominent members of French society praised his eloquence, while the complexity and historical importance of his surviving sermons, confessional manuals and spiritual treatises have encouraged modem scholars to explore Gerson's motivations and goals as a preacher. Although modern evaluations of Gerson's identity as a preacher remain conflicted, especially with respect to his violent polemic against certain visionary women, many modern scholars have identifiedJean Gerson as a particularly compassionate and effective preacher whose sermons were motivated by a genuine concern for the spiritual and temporal welfare of simple Christians and the unity and order of the Church.