Scholars of early modern England have recently begun to pay more attention to sermons. (McCullough, Adlington, Rhatigan 2011). Scholars have recognized that in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, as Jeanne Shami has put it, sermons were “the mass media of their day,” providing their listeners with reports of “breaking news,” while satisfying “appetites for . . . entertainment, social interaction, politics, and, of course, religious education” (Shami 2011, 323).