Medium Aevum

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

Articles from Vol. 71, No. 2, Fall

`And Shold Have Been Oderwyse Understond': The Disenchanting of Sir Gromer Somer Joure
The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle for the Helping of King Arthur, (1) a mid- to late fifteenth-century romance written in the dialect of England's East Midlands and extant in only one early sixteenth-century manuscript, (2) has been edited,...
A Previously Unlisted Manuscript of the Latin Brut Chronicle with Sherborne Continuation
This article has three aims. First, it seeks to advertise the existence and establish the provenance of a previously unlisted manuscript of the Latin prose Brut chronicle, which may be added to the nineteen recently catalogued by Lister Matheson....
`Brjans Saga'
One of the many interesting problems connected with the medieval Icelandic sagas has been the question of their value for history. Extreme views that either accepted the sagas as archives of contemporary historical records or else rejected all of...
Collaborative Communities: The Manuscript Context of Alain Chartier's Belle Dame Sans Mercy
Within the community formed by the forty manuscripts which collect the numerous sequels and imitations of Alain Chartier's controversial poem La Belle Dame sans mercy of 1424 are contained a number of other texts that have close semantic and conceptual...
Further Evidence for Chaucer's Representation of the Pardoner as a Womanizer
Twenty years ago I argued that the hints of effeminacy to be found in Chaucer's portrait of the Pardoner should not be taken to indicate either homosexuality or a physical condition (whether that of a eunuch or a hermaphrodite), but rather an inordinate...
Literary Practice in Eleventh-Century Music Theory: The Colores Rhetorici and Aribo's De Musica
A survey of the literary sources of late eleventh-century Germany reveals the degree to which the ars dictandi was used by clerks. The publication in 1948 of Leonid Arbusow's Colores rhetorici highlighted the practice of this period in the application...
Shorter Notices
Appropriating the Middle Ages: Scholarship, Politics, Fraud, ed. Tom Shippey with Martin Arnold, Studies in Medievalism II (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2000. 264 pp. ISBN 0-85991-626-X. 35.00 [pounds sterling]/$60.00. Like the previous two issues,...
The Ending of Chaucer's Nun's Priest's Tale
The last three lines of the Nun's Priest's Tale contain an interpretative crux. (1) The Nun's Priest says that even those who do not like his tale can benefit from it, because, as St Paul says, everything that is written is written for our doctrine...
Women's Devotional Reading in Late-Medieval England and the Gendered Reader
The topic of medieval female readers has elicited a great deal of scholarly interest since the work of pioneering feminist critics such as Susan Groag Bell and Susan Schibanoff in the 1980s. (1) Part of a greater shift in medieval literary studies...