Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Jehan De Journi: La Disme De Penitanche

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Jehan De Journi: La Disme De Penitanche

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Jehan dejourni: La Disme de Penitanche, ed. Glynn Hesketh, MHRA Critical Texts 7 (London: MHRA, 2006). 206 pp. ISBN 978-0-947623-71-?. £1 2.99. La Disme de Penitanche is a 3,296-line guidebook, composed in verse, intended to assist layfolk in their preparations for confession. It is known from a single manuscript, London, BL Add. MS 10015, which dates from around the time of the completion of the text Its author, Jehan de Journi, assembled the text in Nicosia in 1288 from a broad range of sources; these are tantalizingly discussed in a few words in the introduction to the edition, and more amply treated in the notes to the text. The Disme is a hybrid work, drawing on the usual learned and many popular sources. It equally shows evidence of personal experiences, expressions, and exempla. It is this very amalgam of academic and popular piety, allied with its value as a historical document written in the eastern Mediterranean towards the end of the crusades, that affords it special interest The Picard dialect allows it a direct and plain-spoken tone, and is of special interest to the editor. …

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