The Authorship of The Equatorie of the Planetis

September 1993
22 black and white, 16 line illustrations
448 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Chaucer Studies
ISBN: 9780859913706
Format: Hardback

The Authorship of The Equatorie of the Planetis

Kari Anne Rand Schmidt

Detailed examination of the evidence linking the authorship of the Equatorie of the Planetis with Chaucer.
The Equatorie of the Planetis, a Middle English text on the construction and use of a planetary equatorium, was composed in 1393. The unique manuscript, which appears to be the author's original, belongs to Peterhouse, Cambridge. In 1952 it was brought to general attention by Derek Price who argued that the text was written by Geoffrey Chaucer. Whether the Equatorie is indeed Chaucer's has remained controversial ever since.
Dr Rand Schmidt's book offers a detailed examination of the literary, linguistic and codicological evidence linking the authorship of the Equatorie with Chaucer. She analyses and compares the manuscript with other specimens proposed as Chaucer's hand, and evaluates the available methods of testing. The volume includes a new transcription of the Equatorie, accompanied by a facsimile of the MS, and a KWIC-concordance to the text. Diplomatic transcriptions of three Middle English astronomical texts have also been included and are printed here for the first time.

Dr KARI ANNE RAND SCHMIDT is a language specialist, teaching in the Department of English at the University of Oslo.


An invaluable survey of the problem of the Equatorie, which no serious Chaucerian should ignore. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW

The general views matter and the details matter in this formidable book... excellent. NOTES AND QUERIES

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