Medium Aevum

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

Articles from Vol. 73, No. 1, Spring

Are Auchinleck Manuscript Scribes 1 and 6 the Same Scribe? the Advantages of Whole-Data Analysis and Electronic Texts
Introduction The Auchinleck Manuscript (National Library of Scotland Advocates' MS 19.2.1) was produced in London in the 1330s and is a volume of forty-four Middle English texts, with approximately sixteen items lost. It is the first example of...
Colour Perception, Dyestuffs, and Colour Terms in Twelfth-Century French Literature
Seriously injured in battle, King Marsile regains consciousness only in his vaulted chamber, with its many colours depicted on the walls ('plusurs culurs i ad peinz e escrites'). (1) Twelfth-century epics and romances, however, knew only six or seven...
Layamon and the Fortunes of Yogh
Discussion of one of the most interesting poems written in English between the Conquest and the fourteenth century is made slightly uneasy by problems concerning the title of the poem and the name of the author. Madden's edition of 1847, on which knowledge...
Owen Glendower's Crest and the Scottish Campaign of 1384-1385
A striking glimpse of Owen Glendower occurs in the work of Ernest Jacob, who refers to the young warrior 'on the Scottish expedition of 1385, during the course of which Iolo Goch describes him while at Berwick "wearing in his helmet the scarlet feather...
Paul Bush and the Chaucer Tradition
Almost completely unnoticed both by historians of Chaucer reception and by critics of Tudor literature is Paul Bush's poem The Extripacion of Ignorancy, a work of early Tudor Catholic doctrine, dedicated to Princess Mary and printed by Richard Pynson,...
The Devil's See: A Puzzling Reference in the Auchinleck Life of Adam
The Auchinleck Life of Adam is an early fourteenth-century Adambook comprising 780 lines in rhyming couplets, composed in the Middle English dialect of London or Middlesex and surviving only in the Auchinleck Manuscript which was copied in the 1330s....
The Third Fifteenth-Century Cookery Book: A Newly Identified Group within a Family
In a discussion of what I identify as the 'family' groupings of medieval English culinary collections, (1) I indicated that traits which identify recipes as coming from the same collection are their similar, or identical, wording and 'the way in which...