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'Truthe is the beste'

A Festschrift in Honour of A.V.C. Schmidt


Edited By Nicolas Jacobs and Gerald Morgan

The thirteen essays in this book, presented in honour of Dr A.V.C. (Carl) Schmidt, are designed to reflect the range of his interests. Dr Schmidt, who was a Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford from 1972 until his retirement in 2011, is best known for his comprehensive four-text edition of Piers Plowman, the fruit of a lifetime’s work on that text. He has also made a major contribution to the study of Chaucer and the medieval English contemplatives, and these authors also find a place in this collection. The essays presented here are intended to build upon the legacy of Carl Schmidt’s exemplary scholarship.
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← vi | vii → Acknowledgments


We are indebted to Judith Schmidt for supplying us with the list of Carl Schmidt’s publications to date, a list that we hope will be added to in years of fruitful and happy retirement ahead. The superb professionalism of Andrea Greengrass, who compiled the Index, and Alessandra Anzani, who coordinated the production work on behalf of Peter Lang, might be taken for granted by anyone who has had the good fortune to work with them in the past, but assuredly it cannot be taken for granted in the production of books such as this and indeed it has been a blessing. Carl was a distinguished editor of Medium Aevum (1982–1988) and consequently we are delighted to acknowledge a donation of £500 from Medium Aevum to meet the costs of publication.

Nick wishes to express his gratitude to Richard Swinburne for help on the Septuagint and I wish here to add some personal debts on my own behalf. I am grateful to Dr Margret Fine-Davis of the Department of Sociology at Trinity for generously providing a home for my most important books and two aged computers (with their attendant files). This has indeed proved an essential resource for my continued scholarly work. The Chaucer Hub, which I founded in 2009 on my retirement, has benefited from its inception from the support of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies under its founding Director, Dr Sarah Alyn Stacey, and it is by a happy chance that the Festschrift for...

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