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

Hardcover | March 3, 2011

EditorDouglas Gray

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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, butalso 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.

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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, butalso in 'Early Middle English', appeared. Th...

Douglas Gray was educated at Wellington College and Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He moved to Oxford in 1954, and spent his academic life there, first as a Fellow of Pembroke College, then from 1980 as the first J. R. R. Tolkien Professor at Lady Margaret Hall. His numerous publications include Later Medieval Engli...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:608 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.98 inPublished:March 3, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAbbreviationsChronologyMapsIntroduction1. Conquest and Conqueror2. Early Anglo-Latin Religious Prose3. Science, Learning, and Instructive Stories4. Early Anglo-Latin Historians, Scholars, Encyclopedists, and Entertainers5. 'The Matter of Britain': Geoffrey of Monmouth6. Early Anglo-Norman Poetry: Benedeit's Voyage of St Brendan7. Anglo-Norman Verse Chronicles8. English in the Earlier Period9. Science, Learning, and Instruction: Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries10. 'The Matter of Britain' in English: Layamon's Brut11. Anglo-Latin Poetry: Songs and Satire12. Saints' Lives and Visions13. Anglo-Norman Romances14. Romances and Outlaw Tales15. Tales of Antiquity16. Short Romances and Lais: Marie the France17. Fables and Animal Stories: Marie de France and others18. Debate: The Owl and the Nightingale19. Burlesque, Parody, Merry Tale20. Early Middle English Religious Prose: the 'Katherine Group', the 'Wooing Group', and Ancrene Wisse21. Moral and Religious Verse and Prose22. English Romances23. Lyrics, Anglo-Norman and Middle English24. Drama25. Later Chroniclers, Scholars and Theologians26. English Narrative in the earlier Fourteenth Century: Robert Mannyng27. Earlier Fourteenth-Century Alliterative Poems28. Earlier Fourteenth-Century Mystical Writing: Richard Rolle29. Private Devotion: Henry of Lancaster's Le Livre de Seyntz30. Wonders of the East: Mandeville's TravelsBibliographical Notes