Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Reading Medieval Culture: Essays in Honour of Robert W. Hanning

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Reading Medieval Culture: Essays in Honour of Robert W. Hanning

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Reading Medieval Culture: Essays in Honour of Robert W. Hanning, ed. Robert M. Stein and Sandra Pierson Prior (Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2005). xii + 505 pp. ISBN 0-268-04111-3. $37.50. The breadth and variety of this volume pay tribute to the influential, diverse, and copious work of Robert W. Hanning in English and comparative medieval literature. The essays are all newly commissioned, and range from the Anglo-Saxon period to the late fourteenth century, across a number of genres, languages, and cultures. In the first section, 'The place of history and the time of romance', Nicholas Howe writes on Bcde and historiography; Monika Otter considers futurity in medieval historical narratives; Sarah Spence probes Abbot Suger's renovation of Saint-Denis; Charlotte Gross looks at ideas of time and nature in twelfth-century natural philosophy; Nancy F. Partner traces the narrative careers of Christina of Markyate and Theodora of Huntingdon; H. Marshall Leicester, Jr, looks at the emergence of feminine discontent in the lais of Marie de France; Christopher Baswell considers the languages of legendary Knglish history; and Suzanne Conklin Akbari explores national identity in Richard Coer de Lion. …

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