A Concise Companion to Middle English Literature (Concise by Marilyn Corrie

By Marilyn Corrie

This concise significant other examines contexts which are necessary to realizing and examining writing in English produced within the interval among nearly 1100 and 1500. The essays within the booklet discover ways that heart English literature is 'different' from the literature of alternative sessions. The booklet contains dialogue of such concerns because the spiritual and old history to heart English literature, the conditions and milieux during which it was once produced, its linguistic beneficial properties, and the manuscripts during which it's been preserved. among the good variety of writers and writings mentioned, the booklet considers the works of the main generally learn heart English writer, Chaucer, opposed to the heritage of the interval that he either typifies and subverts.

  • An obtainable source that examines contexts necessary to figuring out and studying writing of the center English period
  • Chapters discover the individuality of center English literature
  • Brings jointly dialogue and research through a world workforce of heart English experts, incorporating clean fabric and new insights
  • Includes research of Chaucer's writings, and considers them on the subject of the paintings of his center English predecessors, contemporaries and successors
  • Incorporates dialogue of matters steerage the belief of center English literature within the current day

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Scripture was paraphrased in the vernacular too, in texts such as the orthographically unique late twelfth-century Ormulum, the work of the priest Orm, and the later Cursor Mundi (‘The Cursor of the World’ – that is, the text ‘runs over’ the history of the world). The Bible was taught to the non-Latinate visually as well, through the iconography of sculpture, wood carvings and stained glass windows in churches and chapels; or through the illustrations in books, whether luxury manuscripts like the fourteenth-century Holkham picture bible (London, British Library, MS Additional 47682) or, at the other end of the bibliographical spectrum, the late-medieval printed ‘block-book’ versions of the Biblia pauperum, the ‘bible of the poor’, which juxtaposed illustrations of Old Testament events and protagonists with illustrations of the events and protagonists that they foreshadowed in the New Testament (De Hamel 2001: 142, 158–64).

Ayto and Barratt 1984: 35). qxd 6/3/09 11:49 AM Page 27 Signs and Symbols (‘But it is not ment that the son syttith on the ryte hond . . for there is no such syttyng, as to my syte, in the Trinite’; ed. Glasscoe 1993: 81). As in the symbolism of pilgrimage towards enlightenment in Piers Plowman or Hilton’s Scale of Perfection, Christ shows himself to Julian ‘as it were in pilegrimage, that is to sey, he is here with us, ledand us, and shal ben till whan he hath browte us all to his bliss in hevyn’ (130).

EETS ES 107. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co. Morenzoni, Franco, ed. (1988). Thomas of Chobham: Summa de arte praedicandi. Corpus Christianorum, Continuatio Mediævalis 82. Turnhout: Brepols. , ed. (1988). Richard Rolle: Prose and Verse from MS Longleat 29. EETS OS 293. Oxford: Oxford University Press. A. (1976). ‘Instructions for a Devout and Literate Layman’. G. T. , Medieval Learning and Literature: Essays Presented to Richard William Hunt (pp. 398–422). Oxford: Clarendon Press. , ed.

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