Medium Aevum

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

Articles from Vol. 70, No. 2, Fall

Experience and the Judgement of Poetry: A Reconsideration of the Franklin's Tale
Words realize nothing, vivify nothing to you, unless you have suffered in your own person the thing which the words try to describe. (Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, chapter 28) I In the interpretation of a literary work...
Filling the Blanks: A Middle Dutch Dionysius Quotation and the Origins of the Rothschild Canticles
The Rothschild Canticles, MS 404 in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale, New Haven, which takes its name from an illustrious twentieth-century owner, is a collection of Latin prayers and prose texts dating from about 1300 and illuminated...
Malory's Own Marginalia
Northrop Frye has memorably characterized the modern view of literature as `a secular scripture'. (1) One of the consequences of the possession of a scripture is that the priests and Levites who are its custodians will take an interest in even the...
`The Ballad of St Stephen and Herod': Biblical History and Medieval Popular Religious Culture
One immediate problem concerning medieval popular religious culture is how to define it. There has been extensive discussion of popular medieval religious culture; and to paraphrase Douglas Gray, most medievalists who are concerned with it are rather...
The Empress Eudoxia and the Troubadours
It is certain [wrote Jaume I of Aragon] that my grandfather, King Alfonso, discussed a marriage alliance with the Emperor of Constantinople, who should give him his daughter as a wife. And while treaties and agreements were being discussed between...
The `Stanzas of the Months': Maxims from Late Medieval Wales
The late medieval Welsh text known as Englynion y Misoedd (`The stanzas of the months') comprises twelve stanzas, one for each month of the year, the name of each month forming the first two words of its stanza. The subject matter, like that of the...
The Text of Sir Perceval of Galles
I The Middle English romance Sir Perceval of Galles (henceforth Perceval) was composed sometime in the fourteenth century, (1) and survives in a unique copy in the Thornton manuscript (Lincoln Cathedral, MS 91), copied by the Yorkshire gentleman...