Medieval English Prose for Women: Selections from the Katherine Group and Ancrene Wisse

Paperback | May 1, 1995

EditorBella Millett, Jocelyn Wogan-Browne

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The Ancrene Wisse, a guide for female recluses written in the West Midlands in the early thirteenth century, and the closely related religious works of the `Katherine Group', offer a vivid insight into the religious life of the time, and their rich and varied prose style blends Latin andnative English stylistic traditions with remarkable skill and assurance. The difficulty of their language, however, has made them largely inaccessible except to experts in Middle English, and this edition is designed to introduce them to a wider audience, including undergraduates with limitedexperience of Middle English and specialists in other disciplines, particularly history, theology, and women's studies. It provides a representative selection (the last two parts of Ancrene Wisse, and three complete works from the Katherine Group, Hali Meithhad, Sawles Warde, and Seinte Margarete)in new and readable critical texts, with a general introduction, notes, a select glossary, and interleaved translations.

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The Ancrene Wisse, a guide for female recluses written in the West Midlands in the early thirteenth century, and the closely related religious works of the `Katherine Group', offer a vivid insight into the religious life of the time, and their rich and varied prose style blends Latin andnative English stylistic traditions with remarkab...

Both Millett and Wogan-Browne have published widely on medieval literature.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:262 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:May 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198119976

ISBN - 13:9780198119975

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'The introduction, without being enormously extensive, is quite satisfyingly informative; the translations are probably as smooth and idiomatic as it is possible to make them, the apparatus easy to use, and the scholarship conforms to the high standards set by previous writings of Millett andWogan-Browne ... very solid and competent edition.'Claire Fanger, University of Toronto, English Studies, Volume 73, NUmber 6, December 1992