Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Chaucer in Perspective: Middle English Essays in Honour of Norman Blake

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Chaucer in Perspective: Middle English Essays in Honour of Norman Blake

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Chaucer in Perspective: Middle English Essays in Honour of Norman Blake, ed. Geoffrey Lester (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999). 406 pp. ISBN 1-85075-988-X. L55.00. It is a rare festschrift that invites sales by the photograph of its honorand on the jacket, and a rare honorand who can so evidently convey delight in his work. The dense eight-page list of Norman Blake's publications testifies to the rigorous and extensive scholarship stemming from that delight. His interest in Chaucer is reflected in over half the contributions: David Burnley, on Scogan, Shirley, and Chaucer; Graham D. Caie, on the Man of Law's Tale; T. P. Dolan, on Chaucer's sense of wealth; L. A. J. R. Houwen, on natural law in the Manciple's and Squire's Tales; Carol M. Meale, on fifteenth-century readings of the Legend of Good Wlomen; Linne R. Mooney, on interest in astronomy at the court of Richard II; Daniel W. Mosser, on the use of Caxton texts and paper stocks in manuscripts of the Canterbury Tales; Derek Pearsall, on the importance for Chaucerian metre of the weak declension of the adjective; Peter Robinson, on the reliability of the Hengwrt manuscript; and Irma Taavitsainen, on personality and styles of affect in the Tales. …

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