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From «Beowulf» to Caxton

Studies in Medieval Languages and Literature, Texts and Manuscripts


Tomonori Matsushita, A.V.C. Schmidt and David J. Wallace

Senshu University has hosted many international conferences on medieval English literature – primarily on Geoffrey Chaucer and William Langland – as well as in the related fields of Old Germanic, medieval French and Renaissance Italian literature. These international collaborations inform and contribute to the present volume, which addresses the heritage bequeathed to medieval English language and literature by the classical world.
This volume explores the development of medieval English literature in light of contact with Germanic and Old Norse cultures, on the one hand, and Romance languages, on the other. The book includes a comparative study of Beowulf in the Germanic context, discusses aspects of Piers Plowman and its tradition, and offers philological approaches to Chaucer (especially his Troilus and Criseyde). The articles assembled here collectively suggest how the torches of classical learning were carried from continental Europe to illuminate the pages of medieval English literature.


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List of Tables and Figures Tables Table 6–1 Order of verb-adverb/adverb-verb 135 Table 8–1 All Old English texts 167 Table 8–2 A: Poetry 167–8 Table 8–3 B: Prose 168–9 Table 8–4 B1: Works of Ælfric 170 Table 8–5 B2: Works of Wulfstan 170 Table 8–6 B3: Anonymous homilies 171 Table 8–7 B4: Prose romance, vision literature 171 Table 8–8 B5: Prose dialogues 171 Table 8–9 B6: Letters 171 Table 8–10 B8: Biblical translations 172 Table 8–11 B9: Alfredian and other translation 172 Table 8–12 B10: Rules for monks and canons 173 Table 8–13 B11: Confessional and penitential texts 173 Table 8–14 B12: Liturgical texts, creeds, prayers 173 Table 8–15 B13: Ecclesiastical laws and institutes 173 Table 8–16 B14: Laws of England 174 Table 8–17 B15: Charters in English 174 Table 8–18 B17: Chronicles and historical texts 174 Table 8–19 B19: Martyrology 174 xiv List of Tables and Figures Table 8–20 B20: Computus 175 Table 8–21 B21: Medical texts 175 Table 8–22 B24: Notes and commonplaces 175 Table 8–23 B26: Cryptograms 175 Table 8–24 C: Interlinear glosses 176–7 Table 8–25 The length of each Psalter gloss 178 Table 8–26 The Rushworth Gospels 1 180 Table 8–27 The simple finite forms of (ge)weorðan (the first half ) 187–8 Table 8–28 The simple finite forms of (ge)weorðan...

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