Chaucer's Boece and the Medieval Tradition of Boethius

June 1993
213 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Chaucer Studies
ISBN: 9780859913683
Format: Hardback

Chaucer's Boece and the Medieval Tradition of Boethius

Edited by A.J. Minnis

Chaucer's translation of Boethius' work is related to medieval intellectual culture, with attention to Trevet's Boethius commentary.
This collection seeks to locate the Boece within the medievaltradition of the academic study and translation of the Consolatiophilosophiae, thereby relating the work to the intellectual culturewhich made it possible. It begins with the fullest study yet undertakenof the Boethius commentary of Nicholas Trevet, this being a majorsource of the Boece. There follow editions and translationsof the major passages in Trevet's commentary where Neoplatonic issuesare confronted, then Chaucer's debt to Trevet is assessed in a detailedreview. The many choices which faced Chaucer as a translator are indicated and the Boeceis placed in a long line of interpreters of Boethius in which both Latin commentators and vernacular translators played their parts. Finally, a view is offered of the Boece as anexample of late-medieval `academic translation': if the Boeceis assigned to this genre, it may be judged a considerable success.


The scholarship in this book is exemplary, and hits its narrowly defined targets with bull's eyes. NOTES AND QUERIES [James Simpson]For most Chaucerians the piece on Chaucer's translation of the Boecewill be the most important part of this book, but this should in no way diminish its importance in the scholarship on the medieval tradition of Boethius to which it makes a significant contribution. ENGLISH STUDIESA fine book... impressive in its authorial and editorial accuracy and its philological thoroughness. ANGLIA

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