Medium Aevum

Bi-yearly journal contains articles, notes and review articles on a range of medieval linguistic and literary topics.

Articles from Vol. 69, No. 2, Fall

Anglo-Norman Fabliaux and Chaucer's Merchant's Tale
In 1996 I published the text of an Anglo-Norman version of Le Cuvier, a fabliau which also survives in a well-known exemplar in continental French.(1) The story as it appears in AN is brief, banal, and indifferently written. Its intrinsic interest,...
An Ideal Marriage: Abraham and Sarah in Old English Literature
The complex relationship between Abraham and Sarah, and the individuality of their characters, make them one of the most interesting couples of the Old Testament. Sarah is always Abraham's devoted wife, and at times the humble recipient of God's favours,...
From French `Fabliau Manuscripts' and Ms Harley 2253 to the Decameron and the Canterbury Tales
`Miscellany' and `anthology' Misuse of the label `miscellanies' has blocked scholars from looking carefully at what medieval readers saw when they picked up and read, or dipped into, many of the manuscripts so labelled.(1) The term `miscellany'...
Humphrey Newton and Bodleian Library, Ms Lat. Misc. C.66
So far as I know, there are only two extensive published discussions of Bodleian MS Lat. misc. c.66, one of them historical, In 1950, Rossell Hope Robbins, the most indefatigable searcher for fifteenth-century Chauceriana since Eleanor Prescott Hammond,...
Le Chastiement Des Clers: A Dit concerning the Nations of the University of Paris, Edited from Paris, Bibliotheque Nationale, Ms. F. Fr. 837
Paris, Bibliotheque Nationale, MS f. fr. 837 is in many ways a remarkable manuscript. Consisting of 362 folios written by a single scribe in the late thirteenth century,(1) its reputation as the most important extant collection of fabliaux, contes,...
Shorter Notices
Why Vergil? A Collection of Interpretations, ed. Stephanie Quinn (Wauconda, Ill.: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, 2000). xxiii + 451 pp. ISBN 0-86516-435-5, $80.00 (hard covers); ISBN 0-86516-418-5, $40.00 (p/b). This substantial collection of essays...