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Vol. 45/46 The Middle English Glossed Prose Psalter

Edited from Cambridge, Magdalene College, MS Pepys 2498 

Robert Ray Black, Raymond St-Jacques, (eds.) 

The Middle English Glossed Prose Psalter is a fourteenth-century anonymous interlinear Latin-to-Middle English glossed prose translation of the Book of Psalms, eleven canticles, and the Athanasian Creed. One by one, each verse is written in Latin with an accompanying Middle English translation immediately following. Over one third of the Latin verses of the psalms and canticles in the four surviving manuscripts contain short, sometimes conspicuously Christian, glosses. This edition uses Cambridge, Magdalene College, ms Pepys 2498 as the base manuscript and includes variant Middle English readings from the other three manuscripts. The Middle English Glossed Prose Psalter includes an edition of the glossed Latin as well as an edition of all of a French exemplar from Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, ms fonds français 6260, a fifteenth-century copy of an earlier French text that appears to have influenced the Middle English translators. The edition is in two volumes, and contains a full introduction that includes an analysis of the language of the manuscripts by Jeremy J. Smith. In addition it contains commentaries on the Middle English, Latin, and French texts, three appendices, a select glossary, and bibliography.

Part 1 (MET 45):  ISBN  978-3-8253-6128-0
Part 2 (MET 46):  ISBN  978-3-8253-6129-

'Black and St-Jacques have done their work admirably. Their volumes are bound to provoke new study of the first complete English prose translation of the Psalms and Canticles ...'

'a most valuable resource'

'Altogether, these two volumes advance considerably our knowledge of how much pious lay people in fourteenth-century London, who could afford such manuscripts, might have been able to learn about the Old Testament's most important book.'

Michael P. Kuczynski
The Mediaeval Journal (2014)