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Over eighty years ago, A. G. Little and Decima Douie published three sermons given by Jordan of Saxony (d. 1237), Master of the Order of Preachers, which they had discovered at the Cathedral Library at Durham. Although of uneven quality, they nevertheless represented the earliest extant sermons given by a Dominican in England. Happily, the following decades have produced additional sermons, better manuscript evidence, and a fuller appreciation of the order’s––and Jordan’s––presence in England. With such knowledge now in hand, it is only fitting to mark the 800th anniversary of the order’s arrival on English soil with a return to Jordan and those sermons, which he gave during a visit spanning from the end of 1229 to the beginning of 1230. What we find is a talented preacher keen to make powerful friends and build consensus among like-minded reformers, while expounding upon the great pastoral responsibilities and spiritual challenges faced by bishops, priests, and university masters alike.

In: A Companion to the English Dominican Province  
In: WorkingUSA