Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Prose Works of Sir Gilbert Hay, Vol. Ill: The Buke of the Ordre of Knychthede, and the Buke of the Gouernaunce of Princis

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Prose Works of Sir Gilbert Hay, Vol. Ill: The Buke of the Ordre of Knychthede, and the Buke of the Gouernaunce of Princis

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The Prose Works of Sir Gilbert Hay, vol. Ill: The Buke of the Ordre of Knychthede, and The Buke of the Gouemaunce of Princis, ed. Jonathan A. Glenn, Scottish Text Society, 4th ser. 21 (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1993). xviii +174 pp. ISBN i-897976-08-9. £30.00.

This is the first volume issued in the STS's new three-volume edition of Hay's three prose translations. It includes the two shorter works, along with a brief introduction, and textual and explanatory notes. Volume II will contain the Buke of the Law of Armys, and volume I will cover 'Gilbert Hay, the Hay Manuscript and matters of text and language in detail' (p. vii).

The previous two-volume STS edition (1901-14), by J. H. Stevenson, took the manuscript's heavy punctuation as scribal and provided modernized punctuation. Jonathan A. Glenn's, by contrast, is a diplomatic edition, reproducing much of the manuscript punctuation; indeed on the assumption that line-breaks 'sometimes [sic] function as punctuation in these texts' (p. xii) all are marked with a symbol. Together with other symbols for the two types of note this produces a page that is far from easy to read.

Thus although this is a more accurate text, it is less accessible. The introduction mainly consists of an account of the relation of these translations to their sources, usefully updating if not radically qualifying the picture given by Stevenson. …

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