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A Companion to Middle English Hagiography by Sarah Salih Book Summary:

The Saints' Life was one of the most popular forms of literature in medieval England. This volume offers crucial information for an understanding of the genre.

Sexuality and its Queer Discontents in Middle English Literature

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Sexuality and its Queer Discontents in Middle English Literature by T. Pugh Book Summary:

This book exposes the ways in which ostensibly normative sexualities depend upon queerness to shore up their claims of privilege. Through readings of such classic texts as The Canterbury Tales and Eger and Grime , Tison Pugh explains how sexual normativity can often be claimed only after queerness has been rejected.

Julian of Norwich's Legacy

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Julian of Norwich's Legacy by Sarah Salih,Denise N. Baker,Denise Nowakowski Baker Book Summary:

This detailed study is the first to outline Julian of Norwich's reception throughout history, from the extant manuscripts to the present day.

Writing Women Saints in Anglo-Saxon England

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Writing Women Saints in Anglo-Saxon England by Paul Szarmach Book Summary:

The twelve essays in this collection advance the contemporary study of the women saints of Anglo-Saxon England by challenging received wisdom and offering alternative methodologies. The work embraces a number of different scholarly approaches, from codicological study to feminist theory. While some contributions are dedicated to the description and reconstruction of female lives of saints and their cults, others explore the broader ideological and cultural investments of the literature. The volume concentrates on four major areas: the female saint in the Old English Martyrology, genre including hagiography and homelitic writing, motherhood and chastity, and differing perspectives on lives of virgin martyrs. The essays reveal how saints’ lives that exist on the apparent margins of orthodoxy actually demonstrate a successful literary challenge extending the idea of a holy life.

Codex Ashmole 61

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Codex Ashmole 61 by George Shuffelton Book Summary:

“Since its rediscovery by nineteenth-century scholarship, Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Ashmole 61 has never been ignored, though it has also not gained a great deal of notoriety beyond the scholars of Middle English romance. . . . The manuscript has also been singled out as an example of the reading material popular with middle-class English families in the later Middle Ages. . . . It is hoped that the present volume will encourage study of the entire manuscript as a valuable witness to the devotional habits, cultural values, and popular tastes of late medieval England.”—from the Introduction.

IBR

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IBR by De Gruyter Book Summary:

The IBR, published again since 1971 as an interdisciplinary, international bibliography of reviews, offers book reviews of literature dealing primarily with the humanities and social sciences published in 6,000 mainly European scholarly journals. This unique bibliography contains over 1.2 millions book reviews. 60,000 entries are added every year with details on the work reviewed and the review.

Saints Edith and Æthelthryth - Princesses, Miracle Workers, and Their Late Medieval Audience

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Saints Edith and Æthelthryth - Princesses, Miracle Workers, and Their Late Medieval Audience by Mary Dockray-Miller Book Summary:

This work narrates the lives of two Anglo-Saxon princesses who were venerated as saints long after their deaths. It features two poems, composed at Wilton Abbey in the early 15th century, which allow us to see how late medieval religious women practiced their devotion to early medieval women saints.

The Milieu and Context of the Wooing Group

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The Milieu and Context of the Wooing Group by Susannah Mary Chewning Book Summary:

The Wooing Group is a collection of texts in English written by an unknown author in the late twelfth to early thirteenth centuries, almost certainly aimed at a group of women living as anchoresses and recluses who were literate in English and interested in guidance on both spiritual and worldly issues. This volume brings together our most current interpretations of these texts from scholars currently working in the fields of medieval spirituality, gender, and the anchorite tradition, providing new literary, theological, linguistic, and cultural context for the works and situating them within the larger continuum of medieval culture.

The Persistence of Medievalism

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The Persistence of Medievalism by A. Weisl Book Summary:

The Persistence of Medievalism seeks to examine the ways medieval genre shapes contemporary public culture. Through an exploration of several contemporary cultural phenomena, this book reveals the narrative underpinnings of public discourse. The ways these particular forms of storytelling shape our assumptions are examined by Weisl through a series of examples that demonstrate the intrinsic ways medievalism persists in the modern world, thus perpetuating archaic ideas of gender, ideology, and doctrine.

The Bible in Middle English Literature

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The Bible in Middle English Literature by David C. Fowler Book Summary:

In this companion to his previous book, The Bible in Early English Literature, David Fowler completes his stimulating and broad-ranging study of medieval English literature in the light of biblical tradition. As in the first volume, he both provides a broad general view of literary trends and closely examines representative works that illustrate these trends. The author begins by discussing medieval drama in England--with special attention to the Cornish drama-- as revealed in the cycle plays that enacted the entire history of the world from Creation to Doomsday. He demonstrates how the drama grew out of the liturgy of the Church and developed into a parallel fashion with other kinds of vernacular literature in the later Middle Ages, and he offers a possible explanation of the origin of the morality play in England. This is followed by an examination of representative shorter medieval lyrics. Fowler shows that many of these lyrics were composed to memorialize particular "secular' and "religious" elements blended subtly and distinctively in Middle English lyrics, often with a complete harmony of sacred and sexual significance. A special section deals with Mary Magdalene in popular tradition, comparing her description in the Bible with her treatment in legend, drama, lyric poetry, and the ballad. The final three chapters focus on particular literary works which the author believes to be outstanding examples of poems composed in the biblical tradition. "The Parliament of Fowls" is selected as the best example of biblical influence in all of Chaucer. The work is seen as a Creation poem with its organizing principles derives from commentaries on the first chapter of Genesis--a new theory of the poem's structure which the author feels resolves many of the difficulties previously encountered by scholars. Fowler than treats several works of the "Pearl" poet--"Cleanness," "Patience," "Saint Erkenwald," and the "Pearl"--in their particular blend of humor, seriousness, and Christian serenity. In stark contrast, "Piers the Plowman," the final work dealt with, reflects the agony of the turmoil of late fourteenth-century England. The emphasis is on the historical significance of the poem: the importance of the A text as an ideological influence on the leadership of the Peasants' Revolt in 1381, and the exschatological implications of the later versions (B and C texts). "It is my hope," the author states, "that future studies of 'Piers' will increasingly take history into account and likewise study the versions of the poem separately. Until we learn to walk from this text out into history, we run the risk of missing the important message that this profound and troubling poem offers to twentieth-century man." This book will be of value both to scholars and students of medieval literature and religion and to general readers interested in the varied and intriguing ways that the Bible has influence vernacular literature.

St Edmund, King and Martyr

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St Edmund, King and Martyr by Anthony Paul Bale Book Summary:

The cult of St Edmund was one of the most important in medieval England, and further afield, as the pieces here show.

Virgins

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Virgins by Anke Bernau Book Summary:

In the Middle Ages it was believed that only a virgin could charm a unicorn out of hiding; but far from being a quaint, anachronistic concept, virginity remains a central value in Western culture. Typing "virgin" into Google results in more than one million hits and includes everything from the Anti-Nicene Fathers to advertisements for free teen virgins, displaying a range of current cultural preoccupations with virginity. This lively, wide-ranging examination of a phenomenon that has touched many aspects of our culture names different archetypes and facets of the concept of virginity. Examples include the Medical Virgin?exploring what exactly virginity is and how to reliably identify one; the Religious Virgin?from the Madonna to the American Christian Right's insistence on sexual abstinence before marriage; the Popular Virgin of Gothic fiction and modern day horror films; the Political Virgin?virginity's intimate connection with money and power; and the Monstrous Virgin, as embodiment of what is ultimately unknowable and of violence, excess, and death. Anke Bernau's witty and thought-provoking examination of virginity reveals its many bizarre manifestations throughout its long history as well as its growing contemporary potency.

Colloquia

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Colloquia by N.A Book Summary:

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The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Romance

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The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Romance by Roberta L. Krueger,Krueger Roberta L. Book Summary:

This Companion presents fifteen original and engaging essays by leading scholars on one of the most influential genres of Western literature. Chapters describe the origins of early verse romance in twelfth-century French and Anglo-Norman courts and analyze the evolution of verse and prose romance in France, Germany, England, Italy, and Spain throughout the Middle Ages. The volume introduces a rich array of traditions and texts and offers fresh perspectives on the manuscript context of romance, the relationship of romance to other genres, popular romance in urban contexts, romance as mirror of familiar and social tensions, and the representation of courtly love, chivalry, 'other' worlds and gender roles. Together the essays demonstrate that European romances not only helped to promulgate the ideals of elite societies in formation, but also held those values up for questioning. An introduction, a chronology and a bibliography of texts and translations complete this lively, useful overview.

Book Review Index

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The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain

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The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain by Sian Echard,Robert Rouse Book Summary:

Bringing together scholarship on multilingual and intercultural medieval Britain like never before, The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain comprises over 600 authoritative entries spanning key figures, contexts and influences in the literatures of Britain from the fifth to the sixteenth centuries. A uniquely multilingual and intercultural approach reflecting the latest scholarship, covering the entire medieval period and the full tapestry of literary languages comprises over 600 authoritative yet accessible entries on key figures, texts, critical debates, methodologies, cultural and isitroical contexts, and related terminology Represents all the literatures of the British Isles including Old and Middle English, Early Scots, Anglo-Norman, the Norse, Latin and French of Britain, and the Celtic Literatures of Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Cornwall Boasts an impressive chronological scope, covering the period from the Saxon invasions to the fifth century to the transition to the Early Modern Period in the sixteenth Covers the material remains of Medieval British literature, including manuscripts and early prints, literary sites and contexts of production, performance and reception as well as highlighting narrative transformations and intertextual links during the period

Studies and Texts

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A Companion to Birgitta of Sweden

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A Companion to Birgitta of Sweden by Maria H. Oen Book Summary:

Ten scholars offer a comprehensive introduction to one of the most celebrated visionaries of the Middle Ages. The essays focus on Birgitta as an author, the reception of her writings, and the history of her religious order.

Hunting the Letter

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Hunting the Letter by Paul Hartle Book Summary:

The author reviews the theory and history of 'Oral-Formulaic' criticism and its application to Middle English Alliterative Verse. He conducts a full and detailed analysis of the formulaic character of the diction of four widely divergent alliterative poems: Joseph of Arimathie, Death and Liffe, Saint Erkenwald and Scotish Feilde, placing each within the larger alliterative tradition. Major scholarly appendices provide the evidence for the arguments advanced as to the particular nature of each poem.

A Companion to the Medieval Theatre

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A Companion to the Medieval Theatre by Ronald W. Vince,Ronald W. Price Book Summary:

Vince has provided a useful and, for the most part, usable reference work. His introduction should be required reading for anyone approaching medieval theater. Choice Scholars increasingly see medieval theatre as a complex and vital performance medium related more closely to political, religious, and social life than to literature as we know it. Reflecting the current interest in performance, A Companion to the Medieval Theatre presents 250 alphabetically arranged entries offering a panoramic view of European and British theatrical productions between the years 900 and 1550. The volume features 30 essays contributed by an international group of specialists and includes many shorter entries as well as systematic cross-referencing, a chronology, a bibliography, and a full complement of indexes. Major entries focus on the theatres of the principal linguistic areas (the British Isles, France, Germany, Iberia, Italy, Scandinavia, the Low Countries, and Eastern Europe), and on dramatic forms and genres such as liturgical drama, Passion and saint plays, morality plays, folk drama, and Humanist drama. Other articles examine costume, acting, pageantry, and music, and explore the theatrical dimension of courtly entertainment, the dance, and the tournament. Short entries supply information on over one hundred playwrights, directors, actors and antiquarians whose contributions to the theatre have been documented. This informative guide brings new depth to our appreciation of the richness and color of medieval public entertainments and the symbolism and pageantry that were a part of daily life in the Middle Ages. Designed to appeal to general reader, this volume is also an attractive choice for libraries serving students and scholars of theatre history, English and European literatures, medieval history, cultural history, drama, and performance.

Dictionary of the Middle Ages

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Dictionary of the Middle Ages by Joseph Reese Strayer Book Summary:

Vol. 13 (index) prepared by Wm. J. Richardson Associates, Inc. Includes bibliographical references.

The British National Bibliography

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The British National Bibliography by Arthur James Wells Book Summary:

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Hagiographica

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A Companion to Boniface

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A Companion to Boniface by Michel Aaij,Shannon Godlove Book Summary:

A survey of the life, historical and political impacts, and textual sources associated with the early medieval English missionary and church reformer Boniface, who was active in the eighth century in what is today Germany, France, and the Netherlands.

A Companion to Medieval England, 1066-1485

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A Companion to Medieval England, 1066-1485 by Nigel Saul Book Summary:

Nigel Saul’s A-Z of life in the Middle Ages is essential reading for anyone interested in the turbulent years between the arrival of William the Conqueror and the accession of Henry Tudor in 1485. Here in one volume is a mine of information on all the major aspects of medieval society and culture, giving a comprehensive picture of a world at once alien and familiar, whose way of life has long vanished, but whose visible remains survive all around us. Nigel Saul provides a wealth of examples to show how the great institutions of the age—the Church, the Crown, and the law—affected the lives of the English at all levels. Further entries catalogue the cultural legacy of the period, from castles and cathedrals to manuscripts, brasses, and stained glass.

A Companion to Medieval Ethiopia and Eritrea

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A Companion to Medieval Ethiopia and Eritrea by Samantha Kelly Book Summary:

"A Companion to Medieval Ethiopia and Eritrea introduces readers to current research on major topics in the history and cultures of the Ethiopian-Eritrean region from the seventh century to the mid-sixteenth, with insights into foundational late-antique developments where appropriate. Multiconfessional in scope, it includes in its purview both the Christian kingdom and the Islamic and local-religious societies that have attracted increasing attention in recent decades, tracing their internal features, interrelations, and imbrication in broader networks stretching from Egypt and Yemen to Europe and India. Utilizing diverse source types and methodologies, its fifteen essays offer an up-to-date overview of the subject for students and nonspecialists, and are rich in material for researchers. Contributors are Alessandro Bausi, Claire Bosc-Tiessé, Antonella Brita, Amélie Chekroun, Marie-Laure Derat, Deresse Ayenachew, François-Xavier Fauvelle, Emmanuel Fritsch, Alessandro Gori, Habtemichael Kidane, Margaux Herman, Bertrand Hirsch, Samantha Kelly, Gianfrancesco Lusini, Denis Nosnitsin, and Anaïs Wion"--

A Companion to Bede

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A Companion to Bede by George Hardin Brown Book Summary:

A full and accessibly-written survey of Bede and his works, including a chapter on his legacy for subsequent history.

A Companion to Gregory the Great

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A Companion to Gregory the Great by Bronwen Neil,Matthew J. Dal Santo Book Summary:

The handbook offers an assessment of Gregory's activities and achievements as bishop of Rome (590-604), and considers his legacy of literary works, and their reception from the early Middle Ages to the Reformation.

International Medieval Bibliography

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International Medieval Bibliography by N.A Book Summary:

Lists articles, notes, and similar literature on medieval subjects in journals, Festschriften, conference proceedings, and collected essays. Covers all aspects of medieval studies within the date range of 450 to 1500 for the entire continent of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa for the period before the Muslim conquest and parts of those areas subsequently controlled by Christian powers.

A Companion to Gregory of Tours

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A Companion to Gregory of Tours by Alexander C. Murray Book Summary:

Gregory, bishop of Tours (573-594), wrote history, hagiography, and ecclesiastical instruction. A Companion to Gregory of Tours brings together twelve scholars who provide an expert guide to interpreting his works, his period, and his legacy in religious and historical studies.