Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Studies in Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Texts in Honour of John Scattergood

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Studies in Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Texts in Honour of John Scattergood

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Studies in Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Texts in Honour of John Scattergood, ed. Anne Marie D'Arcy and Alan J. Fletcher (Dublin: Four Courts, 2005). 416 pp. ISBN 1-85182-929-6. £50.00. This grand volume offers a fitting tribute to an eminent and influential scholar, whose work has spanned the medieval and Renaissance periods. Its twenty-four brief essays, by a range of impressive scholars, are linked by an emphasis on historicism, in keeping with Professor Scattergood's own work, which has focused on 'the detailed investigation of the interface of late-medieval literary texts with their historical and political moment' (p. 13). Essays cover both late medieval and early Renaissance texts and cultural contexts. David Aers writes on the Testament of William Thorpe; Valerie Allen on archery and tournament; Julia Boffey on the afterlife of Chaucer's Fortune; J. A. Burrow on politeness and privacy in Chaucer's Book of the Duchess; Helen Conrad-O'Briain on polity and Sir Orfeo; Helen Cooper on the dating of the Auchinleck manuscript; Anne Marie D'Arcy on leprosy and heresy in Henryson's Testament of Cresseid; A. …

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