Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Nicholas Love at Waseda

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Nicholas Love at Waseda

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Shoichi Oguro, Richard Beadle, and Michael G. Sargent, Nicholas Love at Waseda (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1991). xxiv + 280 pp; colour frontispiece + 10 plates. ISBN. 0-85991-500-X. L39.50..

This volume records the proceedings of a conference held 20-2 July 1995 at Waseda University, Tokyo, to celebrate the acquisition by the university of a mid-fifteenth-century manuscript of Nicholas Love's Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ.

After Shoichi Oguro's brief preface and Michael Sargent's introduction, the third of the volume's editors, Richard Beadle, contributes the first essay, a wide-ranging comparison of the Mirror with Middle English drama as affective amplifications of Scripture.

The literary significance of the Mirror is matched by its importance in the history of medieval publishing, and aspects of book production and publication are to the fore in the majority of the remaining papers. Carol M. Meale combines an enquiry into medieval ownership of the Mirror with a consideration of the work's appeal to a female audience. M. B. Parkes investigates punctuation in manuscripts of the text; Kathleen L. Scott, manuscript illustration and decoration, and Christopher de Hamel, the popularity of Love manuscripts with collectors from the sixteenth century to the present. N. F. Blake's minute analyses of key passages finds (pace Elizabeth Salter) a stylistic heterogeneity which may support Michael Sargent's hypothesis of composition from a number of sources over a long period of time. …

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