Middle English religious prose

by N. F. Blake

Publisher: E. Arnold in [London]

Written in English
Published: Pages: 228 Downloads: 740
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Subjects:

  • English literature -- Middle English, 1100-1500,
  • Christianity in literature

Edition Notes

Bibliography: p. [28]-29.

StatementN.F. Blake.
SeriesYork medieval texts
Classifications
LC ClassificationsPR1120 B53
The Physical Object
Pagination228 p. --
Number of Pages228
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL14368734M
ISBN 100713156104

Get this from a library! The gast of Gy; a Middle-English religious prose tract preserved in Queen's college, Oxford, ms. ,. [R H Bowers;]. Middle English (abbreviated to ME) was a form of the English language spoken after the Norman conquest () until the late 15th century. English underwent distinct variations and developments following the Old English period. Scholarly opinion varies, but the Oxford English Dictionary specifies the period when Middle English was spoken as being from to Early form: Old English.   Medieval period of English Literature () Romance " Romance is a literary genre popular in the Middle Ages, dealing, in verse or prose, with legendary, supernatural, or amorous subjects and characters. The name refers to Romance languages and originally denoted any lengthy composition in one of those languages. Later the term was. the most interesting contributions to the study of Middle English religious writing published in the last ten years. The volume's significance is not simply that it presents a previously unedited prose treatise of great length and sophistication, nor that this treatise is part of a tradition of spiritual instruction for women.

The aim of this paper is to investigate the various manifestations of directives in the religious prose in the Middle and Early Modern English period. As the religious prose aim for moving the disposition of its hearers and readers to assent to, and follow their religious precepts by conveying their ineffable experience. "Johnson presents precise, dynamic readings of late-medieval religious English writings (prose, poetry, and drama) that she groups as 'contemplative' literature every page of this book has something cogent and new to show concerning how these works deploy English poetics to widen the horizons of 'contemplative' piety in the. Medieval literature is a broad subject, encompassing essentially all written works available in Europe and beyond during the Middle Ages (that is, the one thousand years from the fall of the Western Roman Empire ca. AD to the beginning of the Renaissance in the 14th, 15th or 16th century, depending on country). The literature of this time was composed of religious writings . Johnson discusses in her successful book Staging Contemplation: Participa-tory Theology in Middle English Prose, Verse, and Drama. Medieval religious writers locate the essence of their craft in the eternal being of God. And God,asAquinasnotes,is“impassible”orbeyondhumanvagaries,especially the emotions. He .

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Book of Brome A Common-place book of the fifteenth century, containing a religious play and poetry, legal forms and local accounts, printed from the original ms.

at Brome Hall, Suffolk [Book of Brome], ed. Toulmin Smith (London, ). The Boke of Curtesy, ed. Breul, Englische Studien 9 (). Middle English religious prose. [N F Blake] -- This collection of texts is designed to show the continuity and at the same time the diversity of work by English writers in the religious prose tradition during the twelfth to the fifteenth.

"In a slim, yet richly dense, volume, Nicole Rice provides an important discussion of prose devotional texts written in Middle English expressly for lay readers." Speculum "In this rich, thoughtful, and very interesting study Nicole R.

Rice has sketched out what almost amounts to a short history of lay spirituality in late medieval England Price: $ Open Library is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published.

Middle English religious prose by N. Blake; 2 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Christianity in literature, English prose literature, English literature, Religious thought, Sources, Christian literature, English (Middle. The manuscripts alone numbered over 5, and the of these which contain Middle English prose are indexed in this Handlist.

These are divided fairly evenly between religious and secular texts: Rawlinson does not seem to have been interested in any particular genre; if a book was old and deemed to be of historical interest it entered his collection, either as an acquisition or a Cited by: 1.

Robert H. Bowers (ed.), 3 ME relig. poems Florida 63N. Blake NQ Revelation of St. Matilda [mystical text used by Carthusians in 15thc]N. Blake (ed.), ME religious prose Arnold 72H. Bishop ES 53 72 Vocab. of Eng. trans. of Speculum Humanae SalvationisR. Pfaff Spec. 49 74 The English devotion of St.

Gregory's TrentalB. Lindstrom StN 46 74 Notes on Dives et Pauper. This edition contains four Middle English Charlemagne romances from the Otuel cycle: Roland and Vernagu, Otuel a Knight, Otuel and Roland, and Duke Roland and Sir Otuel of Spain.

A translation of the romances' source, the Anglo-French Otinel, is also included. The romances center on conflicts between Frankish Christians and various Saracen groups.

The manuscripts alone numbered over 5, and the of these which contain Middle English prose are indexed in this Handlist. These are divided fairly evenly between religious and secular texts: Rawlinson does not seem to have been interested in any particular genre; if a book was old and deemed to be of historical interest it entered his.

Mostly the Middle English prose was religious in nature. The Ancress is a prose work mainly written for religious women. It tells them a lot about the rules of life. Another work The Form of Perfect Living was also written by Richard Rolle probably in the thirteen century.

See also Middle English writings. Anonymous Many of the works of literature from the Middle English period are anonymous and obviously the authors are not listed here.

There are anthologies of Middle English literature (see below) in which the works in question – or extracts of these – are to be found, e.g The Owl and the Nightingale, The Fox and the Wolf (both. Middle English religious prose. London: E. Arnold, (OCoLC) Document Type: Book: All Authors / Contributors: N F Blake.

Find more information about: ISBN: OCLC Number: # English prose literature--Middle English\/span>\n \u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\n schema. Instead came steady growth in the composition of religious prose of various kinds and the first appearance of secular prose in any quantity.

Of the first importance was the development of a English literature - English literature - Later Middle English prose: The continuity of a tradition in English prose writing, linking the later with the early Middle English period, is somewhat.

Late 10th- and 11th-century prose. The prose literature of the mid- to late 10th century is associated with the Benedictine Reform, a movement that sought to impose order and discipline on a monastic establishment that was thought to have grown lax. Aethelwold, bishop of Winchester and one of the leaders of the reform.

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Religious Literature.唯esides chronicles and romances there is a considerable body of religious literature, consisting of homilies in prose and verse, books of devotion, like the Ancren Riwle (Rule of Anchoresses),and The Ayentite of Inwyt (Remorse of Conscience),written in the Kentish dialect by Dan Michel, of Northgate, an Augustin monk at Canterbury.

: The Index of Middle English Prose: Handlist XII: Manuscripts in Smaller Bodleian Collections (): Ralph Hanna III: Books. Pacience is a poynt thagh hit displese ofte when hevy herttes ben hurt wyth hethyng other elles suffraunce may aswagen hem and the swelme lethe for ho quelles uche a qued and quenches malyce.

– Patience is a virtue and a defence, although it is often hard to appreciate this when one is bullied and abused; but patience soothes and alleviates every hurt and quenches hostility.

Its two-letter collection (Dd-Oo) includes just over 1, medieval western manuscripts, and amongst these may be found examples of every type of Middle English prose composition.

Religious works predominate: there are several copies of the Wycliffite Bible, various sermon cycles, and works by Love, Hilton and Rolle; there is also a vast number Cited by: 3. Major religious works among the fifty-five manuscripts indexed in this handlist include a thirteenth-century copy of the Ancrene Riwle, Rolle's Forme of Living and the English translation of his Emendatio vitae, the Apocalypse of Jesus Christ, Mirk's Festial, the Pilgrimage of the Soul, the Seven Points of True Love and Everlasting Wisdom and the apparently unique English.

"Staging Contemplation is an engaging, bracing read, full of interest for students and scholars not only of medieval drama but of Middle English religious writing generally. The book’s approach to a wide range of canonical works is so original because its author sees these texts, as blind Gloucester says to mad King Lear on the blasted heath, 'feelingly.'"Author: Eleanor Johnson.

"Johnson presents precise, dynamic readings of late-medieval religious English writings (prose, poetry, and drama) that she groups as 'contemplative' literature every page of this book has something cogent and new to show concerning how these works deploy English poetics to widen the horizons of 'contemplative' piety in the world.",Author: Eleanor Johnson.

Religion occupies an important place Middle English Literature. It is an important element of social life in medieval ages.

It is often said that men and women looked upon religious life as a means to the next s: 9. English literature - English literature - The later Middle English and early Renaissance periods: One of the most important factors in the nature and development of English literature between about and was the peculiar linguistic situation in England at the beginning of the period.

Among the small minority of the population that could be regarded as literate. A very different and potentially illuminating approach to understanding religious poetry is suggested in Connerwhich focuses on the compilation of one manuscript, the Exeter Book, linking what Conner believes are distinct booklets to three moments (before, during, and after the 10th-century Benedictine Reform) in the history of the.

Book Description: Cambridge University Library is one of Britain's major repositories of medieval manuscripts. Its two-letter collection (Dd-Oo) includes just over 1, medieval western manuscripts, and amongst these may be found examples of every type of Middle English prose.

In the second half of the 14th century there was a revival of interest in alliterative poetry (common in the Old English period). The language of this region can be further subdivided into a southern type — exemplified by Langland — and a northern type — seen in the author of Sir Gawain.

Piers Plowman () is by William Langland who died ca. and about whose life little is known. English literature - English literature - Chaucer and Gower: Geoffrey Chaucer, a Londoner of bourgeois origins, was at various times a courtier, a diplomat, and a civil servant.

His poetry frequently (but not always unironically) reflects the views and values associated with the term courtly. It is in some ways not easy to account for his decision to write in English, and it is not. English prose literature > Middle English, Christian literature, English (Middle) Women > Conduct of life > Early works to Monasticism and religious orders for women > Rules Christian women saints > Legends.

Sermons, English (Middle). "Staging Contemplation is an engaging, bracing read, full of interest for students and scholars not only of medieval drama but of Middle English religious writing generally.

The book’s approach to a wide range of canonical works is so original because its author sees these texts, as blind Gloucester says to mad King Lear on the blasted heath. The concept would have been anathema to medieval theologians and the authors whose work Eleanor Johnson discusses in her successful book Staging Contemplation: Participatory Theology in Middle English Prose, Verse, and Drama.

Medieval religious writers locate the essence of their craft in the eternal being of God. In the West Midlands the Old English alliterative prose tradition remained very much alive into the 13th century, when the several texts known collectively as the Katherine Group were written.

St. Katherine, St. Margaret, and St. Juliana, found together in a single manuscript, have rhythms strongly reminiscent of those of Aelfric and Wulfstan.Old English poetry falls broadly into two styles or fields of reference, the heroic Germanic and the Christian.

Almost all Old English poets are anonymous. Although there are Anglo-Saxon discourses on Latin prosody, the rules of Old English verse are understood only through modern analysis of the extant first widely accepted theory was constructed by Eduard .English literature - Secular prose - Secular compositions and translations in prose also came into prominence in the last quarter of the 14th century, though their stylistic accomplishment does not always match that of the religious tradition.

Chaucer’s “Tale of Melibeus” and his two astronomical translations, the Treatise on the Astrolabe and the Equatorie of the Planets, were.