Sanctifying Signs: Making Christian Tradition in Late Medieval England

David Aers

Aers presents a critical study of Christian literature, theology, and culture in late medieval England. In this book, he considers the diverse ways in which certain late medieval Christians and their Church engaged the immense resources of the Christian tradition in their own historical moment. Using a wide range of texts by William Langland, John Wyclif, Walter Brut, William Thorpe, and others, the author explores the complex theological, institutional, and political processes that shape and preserve tradition during changing circumstances. He is particularly interested in why some texts were judged by the late medieval Church to be orthodox and others heretical, and the effect of these judgments on the conversations and debates of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.