The Index of Middle English Prose Handlist IX

The Index of Middle English Prose Handlist IX

Manuscripts in the Ashmole Collection, Bodleian Library, Oxford

L.M. Eldredge


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A catalogue of Middle English texts, largely relating to heraldry and the sciences of the time.
More than 700 manuscripts reflect Ashmole's life-long passions: heraldryand the sciences of his day: astrology, alchemy, geomancy, medicine;well over 100 contain items in Middle English. There are manuscriptsof great interest, such as the Ashmole Bestiary, but the importantitems in Middle English are no less noteworthy. Here we find the uniquecopy of an English translation of Bernard of Gordon's Lilium medicinae; a codex, Ashmole 59, entirely in the hand of John Shirley; a Wycliffite Bible and a copy of the Pore Caytif. Along with many anonymous pieces of popular astrology, there is an English translation of John Ashenden's Introductory, several copies of John of Burgundy's plague tract, and an elegant copy of Henry Daniel's Liber uricrisiae. There are also two copies of The Brut, and anthology manuscripts collecting vast arrays of herbal medicine, astrological techniques and alchemical procedures.
L.M. ELDREDGE was formerly Professor in the Department of Englishat the University of Ottawa.


192 pages
27.6x21.9 cm
Index of Middle English Prose
Hardback, 9780859913409, July 1992
Paperback, 9781843841432, August 2007
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A significant achievement... the `Summary list of contents' really earns its keep. Anyone interested in vernacular science and heraldry will find this an invaluable companion. MEDIUM AEVUM A credit to the assiduousness of its compiler... Eldredge deserves credit for his painstaking labours and for the high standards to which he has worked. ENGLISH STUDIES The Index of Middle English Prose when completed will be a monumental achievement. ENGLISH STUDIES

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