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Speculum Vitae: A Reading Text, Volumes 1 and 2
     

Speculum Vitae: A Reading Text, Volumes 1 and 2

by Ralph Hanna
 

ISBN-10: 0199564019

ISBN-13: 9780199564019

Pub. Date: 03/20/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Speculum vitae is the hitherto unedited translation into Middle English verse of Lorens of Orleans's profoundly influential pastoral treatise, Somme le roi. The translation, in Yorkshire dialect, is a vast work, 16,000 lines in four-stress couplets, and more than forty extant copies testify to its popularity. Despite the evident editorial difficulties which it

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Speculum vitae is the hitherto unedited translation into Middle English verse of Lorens of Orleans's profoundly influential pastoral treatise, Somme le roi. The translation, in Yorkshire dialect, is a vast work, 16,000 lines in four-stress couplets, and more than forty extant copies testify to its popularity. Despite the evident editorial difficulties which it presents, the previous neglect of Speculum vitae is to be regretted. It is the product of an important regional centre, and should take its place alongside the other monuments of this tradition: Cursor Mundi, The Prick of Conscience, and the Northern Homily Cycle. Moreover, it is important as a versification of Lorens's catechetical classic, which was a ceaseless inspriation for Middle English prose translators - the Speculum is the only known verse translation. This edition is based on a collation of the five early manuscripts, all Yorkshire productions, which communicate a distinct, and usually more satisfactory, form of the text than the remaining copies. The Introduction will discuss the manuscripts, authorship, dialect, and date, with an account both of its source and other works which it has influenced. The volume will contain a bibliography, notes, and glossary.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199564019
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/20/2009
Series:
Early English Text Society Original Series
Pages:
760
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 2.80(d)

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