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Editing a Late 15th Century Miscellany of Middle English Poetry
George Shuffelton, Carleton College

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Codex Ashmole 61: A Compilation of Popular Middle English Verse (Book)
Title: Codex Ashmole 61: A Compilation of Popular Middle English Verse
Author: Teams: Middle English Texts Series
Editor: George Shuffelton
Abstract: Since its rediscovery by nineteenth-century scholarship, Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Ashmole 61 has never been ignored, though it has also not gained a great deal of notoriety beyond the scholars of Middle English romance. Several accounts have made passing notice of the eccentricities of the scribe, who signs his name “Rate” after nineteen of the manuscript’s forty-one items and who draws curious sketches of fish, flowers, and other designs on many of the volume’s leaves. But the manuscript has also been singled out as an example of the reading material popular with middle-class English families in the later Middle Ages, and it is for this reason that the present edition has been made. Though all of the manuscript’s contents have been printed at least once, these texts have been scattered in hard-to-find nineteenth-century collections or in the collation notes of modern editions. It is hoped that the present volume will encourage study of the entire manuscript as a valuable witness to the devotional habits, cultural values, and popular tastes of late medieval England.
Year: 2008
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Primary URL Description: WorldCat bibliographic entry
Publisher: Medieval Institute Publications
Type: Scholarly Edition
ISBN: 9781580441292
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes