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Poems and Carols (Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Douce 302)

By John the Blind Audelay Edited by Susanna Fein

Poems and Carols (Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Douce 302)
Paperback, 404 pages £31.50
Published: 2009
ISBN: 9781580441315
Format: 254mm x 178mm
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Subjects: Literary Studies, Medieval Institute Publications, Medieval Studies
Series: TEAMS Middle English Texts Series

Audelay's idiosyncratic devotional tastes, interesting personal life history, and declared political affiliations-loyalty to king, upholder of estates, anxiety over heresy-make him worthy of careful study beside his better-known contemporaries. Of particular note: MS Douce 302 preserves Audelay's own alliterative Marcolf and Solomon, a poem thought to be descended from Langland's Piers Plowman. The Audelay Manuscript also contains unique copies of other alliterative poems of the ornate style seen in Gawain and the Green Knight and The Pistel of Swete Susan. These pieces are Paternoster and Three Dead Kings, both set at the end of the book. Whether or not they are Audelay's own compositions, they seem certain to be his own selections. Audelay also displays a persistent habit of sequencing materials in generic and devotionally affective ways. His is a pious sensibility delicately honed by reverence for the liturgy and by an awe of God. That Audelay's poetry can awaken us to new poetic sensitivities in medieval devotional verse is reason enough to bring him into the ambit of canonical fifteenth-century English poets.

Acknowledgments Introduction The Counsel of Conscience [X.] True Living XI. Marcolf and Solomon [XV.] The Remedy of Nine Virtues XVI. Seven Bleedings of Christ XVII. Prayer on Christ's Passion XVIII. The Psalter of the Passion XIX. Seven Words of Christ on the Cross XX. Devotions at the Levation of Christ's Body XXI. Virtues of the Mass XXII. For Remission of Sins XXIII. Visiting the Sick and Consoling the Needy Blind Audelay's English Passion XXIIII. Pope John's Passion of Our Lord XXV. Our Lord's Epistle on Sunday XXVI. The Vision of Saint Paul XXVII. The Lord's Mercy Salutations XXVIII. Devotions to Jesus and Mary His Mother XXIX. Other Devotions to Mary XXX. Song of the Magnificat XXXI. Salutation to Saint Bridget XXXII. Devotions to Saint Winifred XXXIII. Devotions to Saint Anne XXXIIII. Meditation on the Holy Face Carols XXXV. Carol Sequence Meditative Close XXXVI. Devotional Prose XXXVII. Paternoster XXXVIII. Three Dead Kings Latin Poem Cur Mundus Miletat sub vana Gloria Audelay's Conclusion Explanatory Notes Textual Notes Index of Biblical References Line Indices Bibliography Glossary

Susanna Fein is Professor of English and Coordinator of the A&S Minor in Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies (AMRS). She has served terms as English Department Chair, Undergraduate Studies Coordinator, and Chair of the Ph.D. Program in Literature. She was 2010 Bloomfield Fellow in Medieval English Studies at Harvard University and 2014 Visiting Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. Professor Fein's research focuses on the literatures, languages, and manuscripts of medieval England, ca. 1100-1500.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 404 pages
 254mm x 178mm

BIC Code:
 Medieval Institute Publications


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