Johann Herolt

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Johann Herolt, also known as Discipulus (died August 1468) was a Dominican preacher. Herolt has been described as "the most prolific, skillful, and honored writer of sermon books in fifteenth-century Europe".[1] He was "one of the leading figures of a new Dominican spirituality in fifteenth-century Germany which emphasized the practical goals of pastoral work over mystical study".[2]

As lector and prior of the Dominican monastery in Nuremberg, Herolt was a colleague of Johannes Nider. Herolt was also vicar of Nuremberg's Dominican convent, the cloister of St Katharine, which he and Nider reformed in 1428, appointing Gertrud Gwichtmacherin as prioress.[3] He was prior at Nuremberg from 1437 to 1443.[1]

Herolt's Sermones discipuli de tempore et de sanctis was the most widely reprinted sermon collection of the fifteenth century.[4] Herolt collected exemplary stories for use in sermons, and these story collections - one thematic, one of miracles of the Virgin Mary, and one of miracles of the saints - also circulated in manuscript and were widely reprinted as Promptuaria exemplorum.

Herolt's Advent, Christmas and New Year sermons to the Nuremberg convent in 1436 - his only work in the German vernacular, Der Rosengart - have recently been translated and published.[3]


  • Liber discipuli de eruditione Christifidelium, 1416
  • Sermones de tempore, 1418
  • Sermones de sanctis, 1432
  • Promptuaria exemplorum
  • Quadragesimale, 1434
  • Applicationes rerum naturalium ad sermones, 1463


  1. ^ a b Ian D. Siggins (2009). A Harvest of Medieval Preaching: The Sermon Books of Johann Herolt, Op (Discipulus). Xlibris Corporation. pp. 1–13. ISBN 978-1-4628-2607-0. Retrieved 10 May 2013.[self-published source]
  2. ^ Richard Newhauser (1989). "From Treatise to Sermon: Johannes Herolt on the novem peccata aliena". In Thomas Leslie Amos; Eugene A. Green (ed.). De Ore Domini: Preacher and Word in the Middle Ages. Medieval Institute Publ. pp. 185–. ISBN 978-0-918720-28-3. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b Ian D. K. Siggins (2012). The Rose Garden: Sermons on the Monastic Virtues by Johann Herolt Op (~1390-1468). Trafford Publishing. p. vii. ISBN 978-1-4669-6323-8. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  4. ^ Thayer, Anne (2008), "Learning to Worship in the Later Middle Ages: Enacting Symbolism, Fighting the Devil, and Receiving Grace", Archive for Reformation History, 99: 39