These translations by Marie Borroff not only are one of the great achievements of the translator s craft but are works of art in their own right Lee Patterson, Frederick W Hilles Professor of English and Chairman of Medieval Studies, Yale University.
Since ancient times, accounts of supernatural activity have mystified us Ghost stories as we know them did not develop until the late nineteenth century, but the restless dead haunted the premodern imagination in many forms, as recorded in historical narratives, theological texts, and personal lett
Each is presented in the original language, with normalized spelling and substantial annotations for modern readers Among the new added to the Second Edition are the much requested Merchant s Tale and the Tale of Sir Thopas Sources and Backgrounds are included for the General Prologue and fo
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Pearl are two poems by an unknown author written in about 1400 Sir Gawain is a romance, a fairy tale for adults, full of life and colour but it is also much than this, being at the same time a powerful moral tale which examines religious and social values.
I General Characteristics of Mysticism II The Mystical Element in the Bible III Christian Platonism and Speculative Mysticism 1 In the East IV Christian Platonism and Speculative Mysticism 2 In the West V Practical and Devotional Mysticism VI Practical and Devotional Mysticism _continue
Lively, absorbing, often outrageously funny, Chaucer s The Canterbury Tales is a work of genius, an undisputed classic that has held a special appeal for each generation of readers The Canterbury Tales gather twenty nine of literature s most enduring and endearing characters in a vivid group
Medieval romances so insistently celebrate the triumphs of heroes and the discomfiture of villains that they discourage recognition of just how morally ambiguous, antisocial or even downright sinister their protagonists can be, and, correspondingly, of just how admirable or impressive their defeated
In a time when there were damsels in distress to save, and mythical dragons to slay, King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table were there to render justice in the face of any danger From the incredible wizardry of Merlin to the undeniable passion of Sir Launcelot, these tales of Arthur and his
After becoming popularized by the troubadours of southern France in the 12th century, the social system of courtly love soon spread Evidence of the influence of courtly love in the culture literature of most of western Europe spans centuries This unabridged edition of codifies life at Queen Elea
Andre Crepin, head of the English faculty at the Sorbonne, has made a great contribution to medieval English studies in France and in Europe These studies in his honour reflect the wide range of his interests in Old and Middle English, fromBeowulf to Malory Their linking theme is the literary and
The Book of Margery Kempe c 1436 8 is the extraordinary account of a medieval wife, mother, and mystic Known as the earliest autobiography written in the English language, Kempe s Book describes the dramatic transformation of its heroine from failed businesswoman and lustful young wife to devout