The Index of Middle English Prose Handlist VIII

The Index of Middle English Prose Handlist VIII

Manuscripts containing Middle English Prose in Oxford College Libraries

S.(arah) J. Ogilvie-Thomson


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Index of some 750 items, providing examples of almost every aspect of Middle English prose.
Oxford college libraries house more than 2,500 Western medieval manuscripts, of which 155 contain prose writings in the vernacular; this Handlist indexes some 750 items.
Major religious works include Hilton's Scale of Perfection,Love's Mirror, Rolle's Form of Living, the anonymous Cloud of Unknowing, Abbey of the Holy Ghost, Book of the Craft of Dying, Disce Mori, Lay Folks' Catechism, Sacerdos Parochialis,and other manuals of pastoral instruction. Chaucer, Mandeville, and Trevisa are prominent among secular authors. Historical prose includes four copies of The Brut, the Chronicles of London, and a translation of the Modus tenendi parliamentum. Medical writing is well represented,and there are numerous utilitarian and scientific texts, including gardening and travel, and works on alchemy and astrology.
S.J. OGILVIE-THOMPSON's published work includes editions of Walter Hilton's Mixed Life, and Richard Rolle: Prose and Versefor the Early English Text Society.


228 pages
27.6x21.9 cm
Index of Middle English Prose
Hardback, 9780859912969, September 1991
Paperback, 9781843841524, August 2007
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`The splendid appearance of the book does not belie its content —Dr Ogilvie-Thomson has done the job of indexing extremely well.' ARCHIV Middle English scholars will be grateful to Sarah Ogilvie-Thomson for this volume. SPECULUM A fine pieceof scholarship... a major contribution to a long-term scholarly undertaking, the importance of which cannot be overemphasised. ENGLISH STUDIES

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