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. 1, Spring

Anglo-French and Middle English Vocabulary in Femina Nova
Although Anglicists have been aware for generations that French made an enormous contribution to the lexis of English in the later Middle Ages, not all the first-hand evidence of this contribution now available from non-literary sources has yet been...
`Chosen to Be Bi Derlyng': The Anticipation of Heaven in a Fifteenth-Century Middle English Meditation
In his account of the fourteenth-century English Church, W. A. Pantin refers to `one of the most important phenomena of the later Middle Ages, namely the rise of the devout layman'.(1) The comment occurs in a summary discussion of English mystical...
Following the Path of the Lionheart: The De Ortu Walwanii and the Itinerarium Peregrinorum et Gesta Regis Ricardi
The De ortu Walwanii is a Latin prose romance, surviving in a single early fourteenth-century manuscript, BL MS Cotton Faustina B VI. Scholars agree that it is by the same author as the Historia Meriadoci which is preserved in the same manuscript....
Myth as Therapy: The Usefulness of Brymskvida
One of the major embarrassments of discussing the mythological poems of the Poetic Edda has always been the lack of a clear consensus on the date of many poems. Not only can we not agree about whether some poems date from the tenth century or the early...
Shorter Notices
Bart D. Ehrman, After the New Testament: A Reader in Early Christianity (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998). xii + 436 pp. ISBN 0-19-511445-0. $57.00. This nicely produced book is a reader containing seventy-six extensive extracts from early...
`Shot Wyndowe' (Miller's Tale, I.3358 and 3695): An Open and Shut Case?
What kind of a window is the `shot wyndowe' that is such a crucial feature of the Miller's Tale? The term itself is rare: it occurs nowhere else in Chaucer's works, and is not recorded again before Gavin Douglas's translation of the Aeneid (1513).(1)...
The Study of Medieval English Preaching: What Next?
Preaching and Politics, or Preaching, Politics and Poetry?(*) The discrepancy -- not of the author's making -- between the title of A. J. Fletcher's collection of essays given on the cover and that on the title-page may serve as my theme, a device...