Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Text and Controversy from Wyclif to Bale: Essays in Honour of Anne Hudson

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Text and Controversy from Wyclif to Bale: Essays in Honour of Anne Hudson

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Text and Controversy from Wyclif to Bale: Essays in Honour of Anne Hudson, ed. Helen Barr and Ann M. Hutchinson, Medieval Church Studies 4 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2005). xxii + 448 pp. ISBN 2-503-52209-2. euro90.00. 'Pro tantis laboribus studiisque claris / Diversis honoribus multis honoraris', writes A. G. Rigg in his Encomium Anne at the start of this volume. In its impressive breadth of subject matter, its depth and rigour of scholarship, the book is a fitting tribute to Anne Hudson's distinguished and original work on the recovery of texts, and on religious controversy and its impact on the thought and writings of the medieval period and beyond. Essays engage variously with the themes of text, religious error, and approved doctrine, and are grouped broadly according to the chapter divisions of Anne Hudson's The Premature Reformation. Sources are the first subject: H. L. Spencer edits the accusations against Richard 'Of Both Sexes' Helmsley; Ralph Hanna writes on Bodleian, MS Digby 98, compiled by Peter Partridge; Pamela Gradon enquires into the relationship between Wyclif's Pastilla and his Sermones; E. A. Jones looks at two late medieval devotional manuscripts; Douglas Gray considers London, BL, Add. MS 37049 as a spiritual encyclopedia. The second section, on Wyclif's influence and reputation, includes essays by Jeremy Catto on Thomas Moston and the teaching of Wyclif's logic; Vincent Gillespie on responses to Wyclif's writings at Syon in the fifteenth century; and James P. …

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