Richard Morriss Prick of Conscience: A Corrected and Amplified Reading Text

Hardcover | October 22, 2013

byRalph Hanna, Sarah Wood

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This mid fourteenth-century poem, a discussion of the 'contempt of the world' and the 'Four Last Things', was one of the most popular Middle English texts in its time, as indicated by the large number of extant copies, and illustrations of it in the windows of All Saints, North Street, inYork. It was a widely influential compendium of religious instruction, originating in Yorkshire, but more widely disseminated, and thus representing this important regional culture, as well as its absorption into a nationwide religious culture. The only edition, by Richard Morris (1863), is nowgenerally unavailable outside research libraries. The present edition revises Morris's text extensively and offers full modern annotation, including extensive discussion of the poem's sources. Morris's text, although based on an exceptionally good manuscript copy, has been fully collated with theprincipal early manuscripts; this information is presented in a separate textual commentary. There is an introduction presenting the poem in its context and a Glossary.

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This mid fourteenth-century poem, a discussion of the 'contempt of the world' and the 'Four Last Things', was one of the most popular Middle English texts in its time, as indicated by the large number of extant copies, and illustrations of it in the windows of All Saints, North Street, inYork. It was a widely influential compendium of ...

Professor Ralph Hanna is Emeritus Fellow of Keble College, Oxford. Dr Sarah Wood is affiliated with the Middle English Bibliography Group, The Oxford English Dictionary.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:October 22, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019968099X

ISBN - 13:9780199680993

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Table of Contents

Introductioni The poem and Morris's editionii The manuscripts used hereiii Authorship and the poet's dialectiv The poet's versev The aims and presentation of this editionvi BibliographyRichard Morris's Prick of ConscienceCommentaryAppendix 1. Unsupported variants of W, lines 501-1873Appendix 2: The general tradition, a full substantive collation of lines 1-5000 in the b traditionAppendix 3: A revised list of manuscripts of The Prick of Conscience