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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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Notes on Contributors

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J.A. BURROW is an Emeritus Professor, Bristol University, formerly Winterstoke Professor of English, 1976–1998 and Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, 1961–1976. His books include A Reading of ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’ (1965), Ricardian Poetry: Chaucer, Gower, Langland and the ‘Gawain’ Poet (1971), The Ages of Man: A Study in Medieval Writing and Thought (1986), Langland’s Fictions (1993) and The Poetry of Praise (2008).

MARY CARRUTHERS, a medievalist, has written on Middle English literature, the medieval Latin rhetorical tradition, memory training and meditation techniques, and aesthetics. She is Emeritus Professor of Literature at New York University and a former Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and Balliol College, Oxford. During the year in which she was Eastman Visiting Professor at Balliol she worked happily alongside Carl Schmidt, whose friendship she treasures.

HELEN COOPER was appointed Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English at the University of Cambridge in 2004, after many years as a Fellow of University College, Oxford. Her books include Pastoral: Mediaeval into Renaissance (1978); Oxford Guides to Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales, second edition (1996); The English Romance in Time: Transforming Motifs from Geoffrey of Monmouth to the Death of Shakespeare (2004) and Shakespeare and the Medieval World, Arden Companions to Shakespeare (2010).

MARY CLEMENTE DAVLIN, O.P., a Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa, is Emerita Professor of English at Dominican University, River Forest, IL. She is the author of A Game of Heuene: Word Play and the Meaning of ‘Piers Plowman...

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