Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Gautier De Coinci: Miracles, Music, and Manuscripts

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Gautier De Coinci: Miracles, Music, and Manuscripts

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Gautier de Coinci: Miracles, Music, and Manuscripts, ed. Ka thy M. Krause and Alison Stones, University of Hull Centre for Medieval Studies: Medieval Texts and Cultures of Northern Europe (Turnhout: Brepols, 2006). xx + 486pp.; 38 plates. ISBN 978-2-503-52060-5. euro80.00. This pioneering collection (it precedes Tony Hunt's Miraculous Rhymes (Cambridge, 2007)) gathers apositively stellar cast of scholars to discuss awide range of topics relating to Gautier's Miracles de Nostre Dame (MND): the value of this collective approach, for a poet who deals in text, image, and music, and whose work is preserved in a 'dauntingly large number of manuscript copies' (p. i), is immense. The scholars who contribute here come from a range of disciplines: this, like Margaret Bent's and Andrew Wathey's rather comparable Fauvel Studies (Oxford, 1998), points the way to the interdisciplinary framework within which certain sorts of medieval criticism become particularly revelatory. A first chapter, from Ardis Butterfield, sets the agenda, and shows how indispensable is a multidisciplinary approach, and particularly with complex writers like Gautier. In the following section, on manuscripts, we have discussions by Olivier Collet of the cyclic manuscripts of the MND; by Kathryn Duys on portraits of Gautier; by Alison Stones on the artistic context of some Gautier manuscripts - and note in addition that in appendices Duys, Krause, and Stones provide a complete list of manuscripts of the MND., that Duys gives a list of all manuscripts containing the songs from the MND. …

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