The Oxford Book of Late Mediaeval Verse and Prose

The Oxford Book of Late Mediaeval Verse and Prose

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An anthology of English literature covering the period from the death of Chaucer in 1400 to the early years of Henry VIII's reign (1520). The extracts chosen represent not only the familiar authors such as Malory, Henryson, Skelton and More and well known types of literature - songs and lyrics, ballads and romances - but also texts which have not been previously published or are available only in obscure editions. A number of works, such as "The Testament of Cresseid", "Mankind" and "Everyman" are given in full. Every item included is also supported by a commentary and glossary. In order to give a sense of the period, the selection is not narrowly "literary" in its conception for alongside the literary works are private letters, scenes from chronicles, extracts from books on alchemy and medicine, hunting and fishing. There are recipes - for grilled salmon, for stewed partridge and to make hair grow, and tips for prospective pilgrims to the Holy Land.show more

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  • Paperback | 608 pages
  • 132 x 192 x 30mm | 480.81g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192822454
  • 9780192822451

About Douglas Gray

About the Editor Douglas Gray is J.R.R. Tolkien Professor of English Literature and Language at the University of Oxford and is author of several books, including The Faerie Queene, Themes and Images in the Medieval English Religious Lyric, A Chaucer Glossary, and A Selection of Religious Lyrics.show more

Table of contents

The mutability of worldly changes; letters; Thomas Hoccleve; John Lydgate; James I of Scotland - "The Kingis Quair"; "Chaucerian" poems; religious prose; philosophy and political theory in prose; the nature of things - science and instruction; a Scottish miscellany; lyrics; ballads and verse romances; Sir Thomas Malory; prose romances; William Caxton; "Mankind"; learning and education; Robert Henryson; William Dunbar; Gavin Douglas; "Everyman"; Hawes and Barclay; nifles, trifles and merry jests; John Skelton; Lord Berners; Sir Thomas More.show more

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