Academic journal article Medium Aevum

A Manual of the Writings in Middle English 1050-1500

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

A Manual of the Writings in Middle English 1050-1500

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A Manual of the Writings in Middle English 1050-1500, ed. Albert E. Härtung, IX (New Haven: The Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, 199}). xii pp. + pp. 29573592. ISBN 1-878508-05-9. $59.50. This volume of the revised Wells Manual contains three chapters: 'Proverbs, precepts and monitory pieces', edited by Cameron Louis; 'English mystical writings', edited by Valerie M. Lagorio and Michael G. Sargent with Ritamary Bradley, and 'Tales', edited by Thomas D. Cooke with Peter Whiteford and Nancy Mohr McKinley, which includes the listing of those in collections (up to 801 for An Alphabet of Tales), thus overlapping substantially with Tubach's IndexExemplorum (Helsinki, 1969), whose numbers are supplied. Users of the series will be duly grateful for the immense labour that has gone into each section. But even a short experience of using the bibliography has turned up some oddities. First of inclusion: a very large degree of overlap between entries in the third chapter and other sections of the Manual was probably unavoidable, but it seems perverse to include Mirk's Festial, and even more the Middle English sermons from London, British Library, MS Royal 18 B.xxiii (211-12 in chapter xxiv] with bibliography (decidedly incomplete in the latter case) here, when they must surely figure again when the sermon section appears. …

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