The Oxford Book of Medieval Latin Verse

The Oxford Book of Medieval Latin Verse

The Oxford Book of Medieval Latin Verse

The Oxford Book of Medieval Latin Verse

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When, some two-and-a-half years ago, I began to choose the poems that make up this Oxford Book of Medieva Latin Verse, I confess that I was more than a little disturbed at the thought of writing an introduction to it. There was so little in English, or indeed in any other language, to help any reader who desired to study this literature, that I feared that I should either have to write something far too long for a book of this compass,or to be content with a jejune list of references whence some at least of the desired information might be excavated. But my apprehensions have fortunately proved groundless, and the year 1927 has seen the publication of two books which are a credit to British scholarship--Miss Helen Waddell's The Wandering Scholars (Constable) and Mr.F. J. E. Raby's History of Christian-Latin Poetry (Clarendon Press), and the student of the Latin secular and religious poetry respectively of the middle ages (and I hardly think that the two should or can be kept separate) will obtain what he wants from these works. They are widely different in style and in manner of composition: Miss Waddell's interests are primarily cultural, Mr. Raby's more purely literary: but between them they cover almost completely the ground represented by the selection I have here made. I confidently commend both to my readers.

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