‘The Syon Pardon Treatise’ in London, BL, MS Harley 2321 is a Birgittine text from the second half of the fifteenth century. It has not previously been published and is unique except for eighteen lines found in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 156. The Harley text covers ninety-one pages and has the form of a sermon aimed at a lay audience.
Vol. 65 – An Epistle of Noble Poetrye:’ A Middle English Translation of Christine de Pizan’s ‘Epistre d’Othéa
‘An Epistle of Noble Poetrye’ is a late-fifteenth-century English translation of Christine de Pizan’s ‘L’Epistre d’Othéa’ (ca. 1400). The ‘Epistle’ survives in London, British Library, MS Harley 838, a family volume that passed from Anthony Babyngton (who probably acted as copyist) to his great-grandson and namesake who plotted the assassination of Elizabeth I.
Vol. 64 – A Late-Medieval History of the Ancient and Biblical World, Volume 2: Introduction, Commentary, Glossary, and Bibliography
The late fifteenth-century Middle English manuscript Oxford, Trinity College, MS 29 contains a universal history of the world, which begins with the creation and covers large swathes of biblical and ancient history up to the time of Hannibal. Compiled from diverse printed and manuscript sources by a single compiler-scribe, the text forms an intricate network of sources which provides extensive material for the study of history writing and compilation in fifteenth-century England. Only very brief excerpts from this text have previously appeared in print.
The late-fifteenth-century Middle English manuscript Oxford, Trinity College, MS 29 contains a universal history of the world, which begins with the creation and covers large swathes of biblical and ancient history up to the time of Hannibal. Compiled from diverse printed and manuscript sources by a single compiler-scribe, the text forms an intricate network of sources which provides extensive material for the study of history writing and compilation in fifteenth-century England. Only very brief excerpts from this text have previously appeared in print.
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.
In 1491, at the command of two royal ladies – Elizabeth of York, wife of Henry VII, and Lady Margaret Beaufort, Henry’s mother – William Caxton published a small collection of prayers in Latin and English (STC 20195). The volume is now known as ‘The Fifteen Oes’ from its opening set of prayers.
A Christian Mannes Bileeve (CMB) is a vernacular prose commentary on the Apostles’ Creed from possibly the first half of the fourteenth century and survives in four manuscripts. It has received little attention and has not previously been published.
Purchase this volume Edited from Cambridge, CUL, MS Ee.1.13 Edurne Garrido-Anes (Ed.) Cambridge, CUL, MS Ee.1.13 contains a Middle English version of the ‘Liber de Simplici Medicina’ (‘Circa Instans’), a treatise on ‘materia medica’ attributed to the twelfth-century physician Matthaeus Platearius. The relevance and popularity of this Latin work composed at the renowned medical School of Salerno extended over time… Read More »Vol. 59 A Middle English Version of the ‘Circa Instans’
Purchase this volume Stephen Morrison (ed.), Jean-Jacques Vincensini (ed.) Translated by Robert Copland. Edited from the Text published by Wynkyn de Worde (1510). With a Parallel Text of The Medieval French ‘La cronicque et hystoire de Appollin, roy de Thir’ The Latin ‘Historia Apollonii Regis Tyri’, the original of which may have been written in Greek, is the ultimate source… Read More »Vol. 58 The Middle English Kynge Appolyn of Thyre
Purchase this volume Part II: Tracts Edited from Oxford Bodleian Library, Rawlinson MS B 520 Claire Fennell (Ed.) MET 57 is volume II of a two-volume edition of the early fourteenth-century Middle English Statute–Book which survives in Oxford, Bodleian Library, Rawlinson MS B 520, the only known Middle English version of an early statute-book. Volume I (MET 44) edits the… Read More »Vol. 57 A Middle English Statute-Book, Part II