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The Art of Hearing
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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The theory of preaching; 2. The art of hearing; 3. From pulpit to print; 4. Reconstructing the audience; 5. Preaching and the people; 6. Reading sermons politically: criticism and controversy; 7. Reading sermons theologically: predestination and the pulpit; Conclusion.

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This book assesses the effectiveness of the sermon as a key means of transmitting religious ideas.

About the Author

Arnold Hunt is Curator of Manuscripts at The British Library. He was the co-editor of The Book Trade and its Customers 1450-1900: Historical Essays (1997).

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'This wonderful book takes us into one of English preaching's golden ages, and tries to find out what actually happened when preachers stood up and cleared their throats.' The Times Higher Education Supplement
'Beautifully written, with some wonderfully observed allusions to contemporary culture and church life which will resonate with readers ... this is indeed an important book for scholars, and will greatly reward the generalists, preachers and the preached to alike.' Church Times
'A brilliant and original re-examination of the importance of preaching in later Reformation England ... provides an exceptionally stimulating discussion of what came to fill people's minds after the statues had been burned and the altars stripped.' The Times Literary Supplement
'... a masterful and highly readable study of 'early modern Protestant preaching' ... has much to enlighten and inspire today's homiletical scholars.' Geoffrey Stevenson, The Expository Times
'In The Art of Hearing, Arnold Hunt provides a fascinating account of preaching in late Elizabethan and early Stuart England. Hunt's book will be of value to all students of religious, cultural, and political life in early modern Britain and to anyone interested in the scholarly study of preaching.' Marty Cowan, Churchman
"... offers a fresh and richly textured account of sermon culture, considering the contributions and attitudes of the audience as well as the preacher ... Sermons were unique performances, and one of the striking features of Hunt's book is his commitment to examining them as such. He never loses sight of the broader culture of which they were a part, but we see this culture through the eyes of an impressive range of individuals, each located within a particular place and time ... Hunt brings to life the world of the early modern sermon, and students of early modern history will benefit from its riches." Sarah Mortimer, Reviews in History
"A brilliant and original re-examination of the importance of preaching in later Reformation England ... provides an exceptionally stimulating discussion of what came to fill people's minds after the statues had been burned and the altars stripped." Peter Marshall, The Times Literary Supplement
"Hunt's tenacious pursuit of relevant sources in the dark corners of remote archives, subtle and nuanced readings of sources, new insights into old questions, and accessible prose make this one of the most thought-provoking and truly must-read books of the past ten years for people interested in early modern religion." Eric Josef Carlson, Journal of British Studies
"This book includes detailed studies of the political and theological controversies in which preachers participated - on usury or on predestination, for example. Yet by far the most exciting thing about this book is that it forces one to reconstruct what Hunt calls "participatory listening", and in the process to listen to "the call-and-response between the preacher and his audience": and to the consistency of popular hatred of papistry." Gerard Kilroy, Recusant History
"... a masterful and highly readable study of "early modern Protestant preaching" ... has much to enlighten and inspire today's homiletical scholars." Geoffrey Stevenson, The Expository Times
"In The Art of Hearing, Arnold Hunt provides a fascinating account of preaching in late Elizabethan and early Stuart England. Hunt's book will be of value to all students of religious, cultural, and political life in early modern Britain and to anyone interested in the scholarly study of preaching." Marty Cowan, Churchman

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