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Revisiting the Medieval North of England

Interdisciplinary Approaches

Editor(s): Anita Auer Denis Renevey Camille Marshall Tino Oudesluijs

Language: English

Genre(s): Medieval History

Series: Religion and Culture in the Middle Ages

February 2019240 pages234x156mm

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About The Book

The medieval north of England has been underexplored to date, and this volume may be seen as an invitation for further exploration. It brings together scholars with shared interests in language, literature, culture, history and manuscript studies, viewed from different disciplinary perspectives such as English philology, historical linguistics and medieval literature. While many scholars have thus far been debating the dividing lines between north and south as well as between north, Midlands and south, the contributors to this volume are interested in texts produced in the north, the providence of which has been determined by way of affiliation to religious and civic writing centres including the important monastic houses in the north (such as Durham, York and the Yorkshire Cistercian houses). Most of the contributions grow out of recent and ongoing research projects that touch upon different aspects of the north of England in the medieval period. Concentrating on the north as a centre of manuscript production, dissemination and reception, this volume aims also at illustrating the fluidity of boundaries and communication, and the resulting links to different geographical regions.

Contents

Acknowledgements v
List of Figures vi Contributors vii
Setting the Scene: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Medieval North of England 1 Anita Auer, Denis Renevey, Camille Marshall and Tino Oudesluijs
1 Northern Spirituality Travels South: Rolle’s Middle English Encomium Oleum Effusum Nomen Tuum in Lincoln College Library, MS 91, and Dublin, Trinity College, MS 155
23
Denis Renevey
2 Mechtild of Hackeborn and Cecily of Neville’s Devotional Reading: Images of the Heart in Fifteenth-Century England
43
Naoë Kukita Yoshikawa
3 Langage o northrin lede: Northern Middle English as a Written Medium 74 Merja Riitta Stenroos
4 A Pystille Made to a Cristene Frende: A Translation of Walter Hilton’s Epistola ad Quemdam Seculo Renunciare Volentem in a Northern Anthology (London, British Library, MS Additional 33971)
109
Marleen Cré
5 ‘So to interpose a little ease’: Northern Hermit-lit 137 Ralph Hanna
6 The Children of the York Plays 171 Richard Beadle
7 Linguistic Regionalism in the York Corpus Christi Plays 205 Anita Auer
iv
8 The Hermit and the Sailor: Readings of Scandinavia in North-East English Hagiography
227
Christiania Whitehead
9 Towards a Nuanced History of Early English Spelling: Old Northumbrian Witnesses and Northern Orthography
243
Marcelle Cole Bibliography 279 Index 325

About the Editor(s)

Anita Auer

Anita Auer is Professor in English Linguistics at the University of Lausanne.

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Denis Renevey

Denis Renevey is professor of Old and Middle English at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Camille Marshall

Camille Marshall is a doctoral student and assistant in Medieval English Literature at the University of Lausanne.

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Tino Oudesluijs

Tino Oudesluijs is a doctoral student and assistant in English Linguistics at the University of Lausanne.

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