Academic journal article Medium Aevum

John the Blind Audelay: Poems and Carols (Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Douce 302)

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

John the Blind Audelay: Poems and Carols (Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Douce 302)

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John the Blind Audelay: Poems and Carols (Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Douce 302), ed. Susanna Fein, TEAMS Middle English Texts Series (Kalamazoo, Mich.: Medieval Institute Publications, 2009). ? + 390 pp. ISBN 978-1-58044-131-5. $23.00. Another welcome addition to the TEAMS series, and the first edition to present the book of John the Blind Audelay in its entirety. As an anthology of the collected works of, and works collected by, an early fifteenth-century poet, the book provides intriguing insights into literary authorship, authority and collection, devotional tastes, and cultural and political contexts. Some of the works contain clearly autobiographical elements, placing the author as penitent chaplain and teacher, and his writings as divinely inspired. The book combines Latin and English, and preserves unique copies of the alliterative poems Paternoster and Three Dead Kings (perhaps Audelay's own), and his alliterative Marcolf and Solomon. …

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