Reading Middle English Literature
September 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
1. The Use of English.
The Choice of English.
2. Texts and Manuscripts.
Information from Manuscripts.
Scribes and their Manuscripts.
3. Literature and Society.
Bond and Free.
Social Tensions in the Reeve's Tale.
Ploughing Piers' Half Acre.
At the Court of King Arthur.
In Criseyde's Palace.
4. History and Romance.
The History of St Erkenwald.
The Fairy World.
From Pecham to Arundel.
Christ the Lover and God the Unknowable.
Retelling Biblical Stories.
The Death of a Child.
6. Love and Marriage.
Marriage and Love - and Sex.
A Lover's Confession.
'All this Mean I by Love'.
- An introduction to English literature written in the four
centuries following the Norman Conquest.
- Written by the well-known medievalist, Thorlac
- Demonstrates that Middle English literature is more accessible
than is often supposed.
- Provides readers with the guidance they need to come to an
informed appreciation of the writings of medieval England.
- Designed to be used alongside A Book of Middle English, (Third Edition, Blackwell Publishing, 2005).