Medium Aevum

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

Articles from Vol. 79, No. 2, Fall-Winter

Allegorie et Voies De Sagesse Chez Georges Chastelain et Jean Molinet: Citation, Images et Analogie
Introduction La citation apparait massivement dans les textes medievaux. Allusion a des modeles, allegation d'autorite qui donne force au discours, mise en dialogue de la voix de l'auteur avec d'autres voix: les modalites de surgissement sont variees,...
Read preview Overview
Did Simone Serdini ('Il Saviozzo') Really Commit Suicide?
Simone Serdini--sometimes known as 'Il Saviozzo' ('the Wise One')--counts as a 'minor' poet of the early Italian Renaissance, and goes unmentioned in some literary histories. (1) He was born in Siena around 1360 and died some time in the decade after...
Read preview Overview
God and the Fullness of Time in Piers Plowman
'But when the fullness of the time was come [at ubi venit plenitudo temporis], God sent his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, that he might redeem them who were under the law.' In these verses from the Epistle to the Galatians, iv.4f., St Paul...
Read preview Overview
Malory's Morte Darthur and the Rhetoric of War
Sir Thomas Malory's rewriting of the Roman war episode has long been a source of debate for Malory scholars. (1) In the second tale of his Morte Darthur, Malory departs from his main source, the late fourteenth-century poem the Alliterative Marie Arthure,...
Read preview Overview
Orientalism in the Strassburger Alexander
The Strassburger Alexander (SA), the second recension of Pfaffe Lambrecht's Alexanderroman, is one of the earliest Middle High German texts to focus on cross-cultural interaction within a framework that combines military conquest with geographical...
Read preview Overview
Shearing the Shepherds: Violence and Anticlerical Satire in Langland's Piers Plowman
In her study of patristic influence on Piers Plowman, Margaret Goldsmith raises a suggestive point about its author's attitude towards the Church. (1) She writes: 'We cannot doubt that William Langland was an angry man. One part of him would certainly...
Read preview Overview
The Date of London, British Library, Harley Ms 913
London, British Library, Harley MS 913 assumes a unique place in the sum of documents on which our understanding of the literary and religious culture of later medieval Ireland tests. The manuscript is without parallel there as a trilingual anthology...
Read preview Overview