Medium Aevum

Bi-yearly journal contains articles, notes and review articles on a range of medieval linguistic and literary topics.

Articles from Vol. 64, No. 1, Spring

Chaucer's Tomb: The Politics of Reburial
The place where someone is buried may or may not be important, but the place where someone is reburied is always important, not of course in this latter case to the person reburied, but to the reburier. The movement of someone's remains constitutes a...
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Gradissa: A Fictional Female Reader In/of a Male Author's Text
Around the middle of the nineteenth century, Hispanists began to recognize the sentimental romance as a sub-genre of the romance (libros & caballerias or libros de aventuras in Spanish).(1) Critical consensus on the relationship of sentimental to...
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Moses and the Princess: Josephus' 'Antiquitates Judaicae' and the Chansons De Geste
The story of the Saracen princess who aids the Christian hero in his fight against her compatriots, who converts to Christianity, and whose alliance with the hero is often consummated in marriage, is a familiar theme in the chansons de geste.(1) Indeed,...
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'Pearl' and the Liturgical 'Common of Virgins.'
1 The presentation of the Pearl-maiden In the Middle English poem Pearl, the symbol of the pearl itself operates, critics agree, on many levels. On one level, Pearl is the maiden who appears to the narrator in his dream-vision, and identifies herself...
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The Songs of Entertainers and the Song of the Angels: Vernacular Lyric Fragments in Odo of Cheriton's 'Sermones De Festis.'
In the seventh chapter, 'Love sacred and profane', of his Preachers, Poets, and the Early English Lyric, Siegfried Wenzel discusses the attitudes of medieval English preachers to secular love-lyric, and asks: 'How ... do we know whether a quoted song...
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Thomas Hoccleve's 'Mother of God' and 'Balade to the Virgin and Christ': Latin and Anglo-Norman Sources
The tide of critical appreciation has been turning in favour of Thomas Hoccleve's poetry in recent decades. One of the first scholars to write more positively of Hoccleve's work than had been customary was Jerome Mitchell, whose major re-evaluation was...
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William Taylor's 1406 Sermon: A Postscript
William Thorpe in 1407 asserted that the notorious sermon that his co-religionist William Taylor had preached at St Paul's Cross in London on 21 November 1406 was 'writun bothe in Latyn and in Engelisch, and many men haue it and thei setten greet priys...
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