Academic journal article Medium Aevum

A Macaronic Sermon Collection from Late Medieval England: Oxford, MS Bodley 649

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

A Macaronic Sermon Collection from Late Medieval England: Oxford, MS Bodley 649

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A Macaronic Sermon Collection from Late Medieval England: Oxford, MS Bodley 649, ed. and trans. Patrick J. Horner, Studies and Texts 15 3 (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 2006). ISBN 798-0-88844-15 3-9. $94.95. This is a most interesting and valuable edition and translation of twenty-three anti-Lollard sermons contained in MS Bodley 649, inscribed therein largely in Latin though interspersed throughout with very short Middle English passages (hence bilingual or macaronic sermons), and almost certainly composed by an anonymous Benedictine monk who had been trained in Oxford early in the fifteenth century. The collection is well known to students of medieval English literature, having served as an important text for G. R. Owst in the 1920s and 1930s, in a series of articles by Roy M. Haines in the 1970s, by Patrick Horner in the late 1980s, and by Siegfried Wenzel variously, but particularly in Mararonic Sermons: Bilingualism and Preaching in Late-Medieval England (1994).

The Latin text has been carefully edited (spot checking revealed an exemplary degree of accuracy), with modern punctuation, capitalization, and paragraphing, abbreviations silendy expanded, and lines numbered throughout, practices for which students of the clear but densely written manuscript will be deeply grateful. …

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