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Late Medieval Devotional Compilations in England

M. Cré, D. Denissen, D. Renevey (eds.)
approx. 475 p., 3 colour ill., 156 x 234 mm, 2019
ISBN: 978-2-503-57477-6
Languages: English
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Stretching the canon of medieval literature in English to include devotional compilations.

This volume considers texts that are defined as devotional compilations. A compilation consists of a series of texts or extracts of texts that have intentionally been put together to constitute a new single and unified text. The focus is primarily on devotional compilations, but the volume includes discussions of  pastoral compilations as well. The texts considered here are works that invite readers to develop a personal relationship with the divine at a fairly advanced personal level. An exploration of devotional compilations allows a more sophisticated understanding of authorial roles, reading practices and patronage among religious and secular individuals and communities.

In this volume, leading scholars in the field of medieval English literature consider the role and impact of a substantial corpus of devotional compilations. Their work yields groundbreaking evidence on devotional compilations and the manuscripts in which they occur. It provides new information on the way compilations are designed, on the literary role of compilers and the authorial strategies they use, on patronage, book ownership, readership, reading communities and reception, as well as on manuscript contexts and affinities with other texts.
Table of Contents



Part I: The Dynamics of Devotional Compilations

Building a Bestseller: The Priest, the Peartree, and the Compiler. — VINCENT GILLESPIE

Compilation: The Gift that Keeps on Giving — RALPH HANNA

Theorizing the Miscellaneous and the Middle English Biblical Paratext — IAN JOHNSON

A Talkyng of the Loue of God: The Art of Compilation and the Compiled Self — ANNIE SUTHERLAND

Reading Late Medieval Devotional Compilations in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries — MARGARET CONNOLLY

Part II: Compiling the Compilation: Manuscript Transmission

Form and Fluidity: Reshaping The Pore Caitif and Contemplations of the Dread and Love of God in Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 423 and Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 938 — DIANA DENISSEN

Suffering for Love: Compilation and Asceticism in Life of Soul — SARAH MACMILLAN

Compilers’ Voices in Cambridge, University Library MS Ii. 6. 40 — MARLEEN CRÉ

Part III: Compilation and Devotional Practice

A Hagiographic Compilation of Medieval Native Women in the South English Legendaries: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 779 — MAMI KANNO

Devotional Compilations and Lollard Sanctity in a Fifteenth-Century Anthology — NICOLE RICE

‘When is a man proude. Whe[n] he wol not beknowen suche as he is’: Knowing oneself in London, British Library, MS Additional 27787 — SHERI SMITH

Resignation or Rebuttal?: Three Biblical Exempla in Richard Whitford’s Dyuers Holy Instrucyons and Teachynges — BRANDON ALAKAS

Part IV: Mystics Compiled

‘Desyrable is thi Name’: Fashioning the Name of Jesus in Some Devotional Compilations — DENIS RENEVEY

The Scale of Perfection in Devotional Compilations — MICHAEL G. SARGENT

The Liber SpecialisGratiae in a Devotional Anthology: London, British Library, MS Harley 494 — NAOE KUKITA YOSHIKAWA

Part V: Texts, Images and Affect

The Living Book of Cambridge, Trinity College MS B.15.42: Compilation, Meditation, and Vision — LAURA SAETVEIT MILES

The Desert of Religion: A Textual and Visual Compilation — ANNE MOURON

What Grace in Presence: Affective Literacies in The Chastising of God’s Children — A.S. LAZIKANI




Interest Classification:
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Christian devotion & forms of religious expression
Devotional literature (general)
Christian Theology & Theologians
Reformation & Counterreformation (c. 1300-1648)
Medieval & Modern (Indo-European) Languages & Literatures
English language & literature
Middle English language & literature
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Religious history
Medieval European history (400-1500) : local & regional history
British Isles
Medieval History (400-1500) : subperiods
Late Middle Ages (c.1300-1500)

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