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Vol. 62 The Middle English Mirror: Sermons from Quinquagesima to Pentecost

The cover for MET Vol. 62

 Margaret Connolly (Ed.)Thomas G. Duncan (Ed.)

The Middle English Mirror, a fourteenth-century prose translation of the thirteenth-century Anglo-Norman Miroir by Robert de Gretham, is a text of cultural and linguistic value. As a cycle of sermons addressed to a lay audience, it offers extensive material for the study of popular preaching in fourteenth-century England. Four of the six surviving manuscripts exemplify that variety of fourteenth-century London language designated ‘Type II’ by M. L. Samuels. Only brief, unedited extracts or quotations from the Mirror had appeared in print before the publication of The Middle English Mirror: Sermons from Advent to Sexagesima (MET 34) in 2003.

The present volume is the second in a series that will publish the whole of the Middle English Mirror with the Anglo-Norman source in parallel. The edition is based on Glasgow, University Library, MS Hunter 250, one of the ‘Type II’ manuscripts. The present volume includes sixteen sermons, those from Quinquagesima to Pentecost.

'This edition is ... an important addition to the field of 13th- and 14th-century vernacular religious literature in England'

Diana Denissen
Anglistik 33 (2022)
'very good editions take a great deal of time ... this edition of sixteen sermons has been worth waiting for'
Veronica O'Mara
Journal of the Early Book Society 25 (2022)
'a careful, scholarly edition'
Cathy Hume
Medieval Review (2022)