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A Companion to Medieval Scottish Poetry

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The poetry written in Scotland between the late fourteenth and the early years of the sixteenth century is exceptionally rich and varied. The contributions collected here, by leading specialists in the field, provide a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the material. There are introductions to the literary culture of late medieval Scotland and its historical context; separate studies of the writings of James I, Robert Henryson, William Dunbar, Gavin Douglas, and Sir David Lyndsay; and essays devoted to general themes or genres, including the historiographical tradition, religious verse, romances, and the legendary history of Alexander the Great. A final chapter provides bibliographical guidance on the major advances in the criticism and scholarly study of this poetry during the last thirty years.

Contributors: PRISCILLA BAWCUTT, JULIA BOFFEY, JOHN BURROW, ELIZABETH EWAN, R. JAMES GOLDSTEIN, DOUGLAS GRAY, JANET HADLEY WILLIAMS, R. J. LYALL, ANNE MCKIMM, JOANNA MARTIN, RHIANNON PURDIE, NICOLA ROYAN.

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Simply put, this is the most important essay collection on early Scottish poetry published in recent years. It is, however, more than that. A Companion to Medieval Scottish Poetry lives up to its title in that it is truly a companion for anyone wanting more insight into his or her reading of the poetry of medieval Scotland. [...] What all of the essays share is a similar balance of review and insight combined with a coherence and clarity that makes them accessible for the specialist and non-specialist alike. This is an important volume that is not to be missed, and we owe the editors a debt of gratitude for not just responding to the urgent need for an overview of the field of medieval Scottish poetry but for producing a work of consistently high quality. INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF SCOTTISH STUDIES
What we have here is in the truest sense a 'companion', a thoughtful guide and help to students newly approaching this fascinating field. SCOTTISH LITERARY REVIEW
Offers a comprehensive guide to early Scots vernacular literature. Illustrated with copious references, it should prove especially useful as a reference point for students and scholars from neighbouring disciplines.[...]This volume supplies a significant and rewarding introduction to the rich literary culture of late medieval Scotland. JOURNAL OF ENGLISH AND GERMANIC PHILOLOGY
Can be recommended to students, and others, with confidence. There are indeed some wondrously good essays in it, and...others would do well to match its execution and quality. INNES REVIEW
A welcome addition to the Boydell & Brewer Companion list. [...] Will be valued by students and scholars alike for its excellent contribution to the field of Scottish literature. MEDIUM AEVUM The most significant publication this year in the world of Middle Scots poetry. YEAR'S WORK IN ENGLISH STUDIES, 2008

Details

First Published: 19 Oct 2006
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843840961
Pages: 242
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: D.S.Brewer
Subject: Medieval Literature
BIC Class: DSBB

Details updated on 24 Jul 2014

Contents

  • 1  Introduction: Poets `of this Natioun'
  • 2  Late Medieval Scotland: a Study in Contrasts
  • 3  `I will my proces hald': Making Sense of Scottish Lives and the Desire for History in Barbour, Wyntoun and Blind Hary
  • 4  `Mark your Meroure be Me': Richard Holland's Buke of the Howlat
  • 5  The Kingis Quair and other poems of Bodleian Library MS Arch. Selden. B. 24
  • 6  `Of Wisdome and of Guide Governance': Sir Gilbert Hay and The Buik of King Alexander the Conquerour
  • 7  Henryson's Morall Fabillis: Structure and Meaning
  • 8  Orpheus and Eurydice and The Testament of Cresseid: Robert Henryson's `fine poetical way'
  • 9  Religious Verse in Medieval Scotland
  • 10  William Dunbar
  • 11  Gavin Douglas
  • 12  Medieval Romance in Scotland
  • 13  Sir David Lyndsay
  • 14  Guide to Further Reading
  • 15  Index of Manuscripts
  • 16  General Index