The Maitland Quarto
Title Details

18th June 2015

540 Pages

21.6 x 13.8 cm

3 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Scottish Text Society Fifth Series

Imprint: Scottish Text Society

The Maitland Quarto

A New Edition of Cambridge, Magdalene College, Pepys Library MS 1408

Edited by Joanna M. Martin

  • Description
  • Reviews
New edition of one of the most important collections of sixteenth-century Scots poetry.
The Maitland Quarto Manuscript was compiled in c.1586 in the circle of the Maitland Family of Lethington, East Lothian. It is a highly significant and rich collection of Older Scots poetry. It contains the most complete collectionof the poems of Sir Richard Maitland, judge, privy counsellor, and Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland under Mary Queen of Scots, together with poems attributed to Maitland's heir, John Maitland of Thirlestane, Chancellor to James VI, and to leading writers and intellectuals, including the king himself, Alexander Montgomerie, and Alexander Arbuthnot. It attests to new developments in Scottish literature in the late sixteenth century by including many unique examples of Calvinist lyric, the earliest known British Country House poem, and Sapphic verse, as well as poems influenced by Italian and French sources. It also provides evidence for the role of women in the composition, collection and copying of Older Scots verse.
This critical edition offers fresh access to the fascinating contents of this important manuscript. It provides an authoritative text, with full modern annotation and glossary. Itsintroduction and notes address the textual transmission of the poems, and offer detailed contextualization of them in both historical and literary terms.

Joanna Martin is Lecturer in Middle English at the University ofNottingham.
"The Maitland Quarto it is refreshing to see the works of an age brought so well to print in all their complexity and beauty, and to have them presented in such a scholarly manner." INNES REVIEW
"[T]his edition is a crucial and generous contribution not only to Older Scots, but to medieval studies as a whole." SPECULUM
"The up-to-date, comprehensive information included is a pivotal starting point for anyone studying Maitland's poetry or the literary cultures of the MQ. Scholars and enthusiasts of Older Scots literature and literary cultures would be remiss if they fail to add this text to their library." JOURNAL OF THE NORTHERN RENAISSANCE

Hardcover

9781897976401

Buy

£40.00 / $70.00

Shipping Options

Buy

Buy

Purchasing options are not available in this country.

Title Details

18th June 2015

540 Pages

2.16 x 1.38 cm

3 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Scottish Text Society Fifth Series

Imprint: Scottish Text Society