From the Norman Conquest to the Black Death: An Anthology of Writings from England

From the Norman Conquest to the Black Death: An Anthology of Writings from England

by Douglas Gray
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198123531

ISBN-13: 9780198123538

Pub. Date: 04/01/2011

Publisher: Oxford University Press

It is often supposed that there is between the 'Old English' period that produced Beowulf and the 'Middle English' period that produced Chaucer a kind of literary 'gap' in which little or nothing happened. In fact a very large quantity of fascinating work, mainly in Latin or Anglo-Norman, but also in 'Early Middle English', appeared. This anthology makes available

Overview

It is often supposed that there is between the 'Old English' period that produced Beowulf and the 'Middle English' period that produced Chaucer a kind of literary 'gap' in which little or nothing happened. In fact a very large quantity of fascinating work, mainly in Latin or Anglo-Norman, but also in 'Early Middle English', appeared. This anthology makes available to the modern reader a range of texts from this period, in translation or helpfully glossed form, providing something of the rich treasure trove of literature that was produced between the Norman Conquest and the Black Death. The diversity of genres included here is astonishing - chronicle, history, legends, plays, lyrics, debates, romances, and stories of all shapes and kinds. This anthology will prove to be indispensable reading for the study of Medieval English literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198123538
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Pages:
425
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Chronology
Maps
Introduction
1. Conquest and Conqueror
2. Early Anglo-Latin Religious Prose
3. Science, Learning, and Instructive Stories
4. Early Anglo-Latin Historians, Scholars, Encyclopedists, and Entertainers
5. 'The Matter of Britain': Geoffrey of Monmouth
6. Early Anglo-Norman Poetry: Benedeit's Voyage of St Brendan
7. Anglo-Norman Verse Chronicles
8. English in the Earlier Period
9. Science, Learning, and Instruction: Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries
10. 'The Matter of Britain' in English: Layamon's Brut
11. Anglo-Latin Poetry: Songs and Satire
12. Saints' Lives and Visions
13. Anglo-Norman Romances
14. Romances and Outlaw Tales
15. Tales of Antiquity
16. Short Romances and Lais: Marie the France
17. Fables and Animal Stories: Marie de France and others
18. Debate: The Owl and the Nightingale
19. Burlesque, Parody, Merry Tale
20. Early Middle English Religious Prose: the 'Katherine Group', the 'Wooing Group', and Ancrene Wisse
21. Moral and Religious Verse and Prose
22. English Romances
23. Lyrics, Anglo-Norman and Middle English
24. Drama
25. Later Chroniclers, Scholars and Theologians
26. English Narrative in the earlier Fourteenth Century: Robert Mannyng
27. Earlier Fourteenth-Century Alliterative Poems
28. Earlier Fourteenth-Century Mystical Writing: Richard Rolle
29. Private Devotion: Henry of Lancaster's Le Livre de Seyntz
30. Wonders of the East: Mandeville's Travels
Bibliographical Notes

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