The majority of modern books on preaching fall rather easily into one of several categories: collections of sermons, suggested outlines for sermons, or the method of writing sermons. This volume, written by Humbert of Romans, the fifth Master General of the Order of Friars Preachers, is more fundamental. It is concerned with the basic principles and consequently, even though it was written in the thirteenth century, it is timely and applicable today. Humbert treats the main aspects of preaching and displays a happy capacity for combining general principles with minute details. The general tone is lofty with a wealth of quotations from Scripture and the Fathers and the whole is studded with many excellent practical suggestions.