Book Series Papers in Mediaeval Studies, vol. 35

“Of latine and of othire lare”: Essays in Honour of David R. Carlson

Richard Firth Green, R.F. Yeager (eds)

  • Pages: xii + 362 p.
  • Size:152 x 229 mm
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2022

  • ISBN: 978-0-88844-835-4
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“This tribute volume for David Carlson fills an impressive role in celebrating his wide and varied interests. The contributors, all distinguished in their own fields, supplement his work with articles on subjects from Ovidian commentary to the management of feasts, from the improprieties of the Hereford market-place to the movements of manuscripts and books. There will be few medievalists who will not both enjoy it and learn from it.” — Helen CooperUniversity of Cambridge


Richard Firth Green is Academy Professor of English at The Ohio State University and author of Poets and Princepleasers: Literature and the English Court in the Late Middle Ages (1980), A Crisis of Truth: Literature and Law in Ricardian England (1999), and Elf Queens and Holy Friars: Fairy Beliefs and the Medieval Church (2016). He is a fellow of the Medieval Academy of America and has been President of the New Chaucer Society.

R.F. Yeager is Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University of West Florida, and founder and president of the John Gower Society. He has written on Chaucer, manuscripts, early printed books, and extensively on Gower, including John Gower’s Poetic (1990), and has translated Gower’s minor Latin works (2005) and French verse (2011). His current project is a literary biography of John Gower.


The literature of the late middle ages provides the main focus for this collection of eighteen essays, which engage with the tight interweavings of poetry, book production, and politics at a time when all three were in a state of flux. Primarily covering the period from Richard II to Mary Tudor, the essays explore such topics as medieval guides to Ovid, aspects of late fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century book history, and the major court poets of the Ricardian period, Chaucer and Gower.


Plates  •  ix
Abbreviations  •  x
Acknowledgments  •  xi

Introduction  •  1

Geoff Rector  •  Urbanity, Obscenity, and the Hereford Affinities of Hue de Rotelande’s Ipomedon (ca. 1180)  •  8
Frank T. Coulson  •  Telling Tales: The “Song of the Muses” in Medieval Latin Commentaries on Ovid’s Metamorphoses  •  27
David T. Gura  •  Ovid at St Augustine’s Abbey, Canterbury: The Metamorphoses Paraphrase of John of London  •  45
James Simpson  •  Capaneus’s Atheism and Criseyde’s Reading in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde  •  67
Richard Firth Green  •  John Gower and Chaucer’s Fabliaux  •  82
Michael Bennett  •  Shades of Gower: Latin Texts and Social Contexts  •  101
Matthew W. Irvin  •  The Vox Revoiced in Gower’s Carmen super multiplici viciorum pestilencia  •  120
R.F. Yeager  •  Gower, Grosseteste, and De lucis scrutinio  •  139
Stephanie L. Batkie  •  Compositos in compedibus: Scribal Panegyric in Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Rawlinson B.214  •  157
Andrew Taylor  •  Truly Martyred: Froissart on the Killing of Civilians  •  175
John Scattergood  •  Power Games in the English Poetry of Charles of Orléans  •  192
Rita Copeland  •  The Porous Genres of Persuasion: A London Preacher and a Royal Advisor in the Fifteenth Century  •  210
Michael Van Dussen  •  Thomas Gascoigne on the Jews and the Apocalypse  •  224
Andrew Galloway  •  “Vertu to purchace”: John Lydgate, John Whethamstede, and the First Specific Payment for Writing an English Poem  •  245
James P. Carley  •  William of Malmesbury’s Vita Dunstani: The Dispute between Glastonbury and Canterbury over St Dunstan’s Relics  •  264
Julia Boffey  •  John Morton’s Feast and the Transmission of Bills of Fare in Late Medieval English Manuscripts and Printed Books  •  284
Ana Sáez-Hidalgo  •  The Lineage of Books in Tudor Anglo-Spanish Relations  •  297
A.S.G. Edwards  •  The Quest for Henry Bergen (1873–1950): The Life and Times of a Middle English Editor  •  318

Publications of David R. Carlson  •  334

Contributors  •  341
Index of Manuscripts  •  345
General Index  •  348