Medium Aevum

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

Articles from Vol. 80, No. 2, Fall-Winter

A Fifteenth-Century Middle English Sermon on the Decline of the World and the Age of Stone
This is an edition of a Middle English sermon preserved in London, British Library, Royal MS 8 Evii. (1) The text is not part of any longer cycle or collection of sermons, and seems in fact to have been a late addition to this manuscript, being bound...
Editing 'Middle English Lyrics': The Case of Candet Nudatum Pectus
In this article, I want to examine a customary presentation of one extensive and widely recorded variety of medieval English utterance. This is most usually considered 'Middle English lyric verse' and displayed for modern readers in various forms of...
Five Problems in Wycliffite Texts and a Suggestion
The purpose of the present article is to look again at the major problems that surround five of the most important groups of texts conventionally regarded as produced by the Wycliffite movement in late fourteenth- or early fifteenth-century England....
On Giving Scribe B a Name and a Clutch of London Manuscripts from C.1400
This article seeks to review the recent controversy over the identification of the main scribe of the Hengwrt and Ellesmere manuscripts of the Canterbury Tales with Adam Pynkhurst, a London scrivener. I should like to take as my starting point a small...
The Prose Description of England: A Hitherto Unedited Anglo-Norman Text from BL, Additional MS 14252
British Library, Additional MS 14252 is well known to historians and to scholars of medieval law: (1) it is the second volume of a wider project, the first part of which is now Manchester, John Rylands University Library, MS lat. 155. The first volume,...
The Stray Ending in the Solomonic Anthology in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 422
Manuscript Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 422 contains a unique anthology of Old English dialogues between Solomon and Saturn. (1) They are found today in two quires (Part A) bound together at the front of the manuscript, though it is probable that...
Writing Wrongs: The Drafting of Supplications to the Crown in Later Fourteenth-Century England
Petitions, bills, complaints, supplications--however one wishes to describe formal written requests to the English Crown from the king's subjects, this distinctive and ubiquitous type of prose writing has only recently been the subject of focused scholarly...