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Virgil in medieval England : figuring the Aeneid from the twelfth century to Chaucer / Christopher Baswell.

By: Baswell, Christopher.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Cambridge studies in medieval literature: 24.Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995Description: xviii, 438 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0521462940; 9780521462945.Subject(s): Virgil. Aeneis | Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400 -- Knowledge -- Literature | Manuscripts, Latin (Medieval and modern) -- England | Epic poetry, Latin -- Criticism, Textual | England -- Intellectual life -- 1066-1485 | English poetry -- Roman influences | Virgil -- Appreciation -- England | Rome -- In literature | Rhetoric, Medieval | Virgil -- Influence | Latin poetry | Epic poetryAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Virgil in medieval England.DDC classification: 873/.01 LOC classification: PA6825 | .B38 1995Other classification: 18.46 | 18.05
Contents:
Introduction: Manuscripts and their contexts -- 1. Auctor to Auctoritas: Modes of access to Virgil in medieval England -- 2. Pedagogical exegesis of Virgil in medieval England: Oxford, All Souls College 82 -- 3. Spiritual allegory, platonizing cosmology, and the Boethian Aeneid in medieval England: Cambridge, Peterhouse College, 158 -- 4. Moral allegory and the Aeneid in the time of Chaucer: London, BL Additional 27304 -- 5. The romance Aeneid -- 6. Writing the reading of Virgil: Chaucerian authorities in the House of Fame and the Legend of Good Women -- Conclusion: Envoi, to the Renaissance: Books of Aeneas and of Dido.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 410-422) and indexes.

Introduction: Manuscripts and their contexts -- 1. Auctor to Auctoritas: Modes of access to Virgil in medieval England -- 2. Pedagogical exegesis of Virgil in medieval England: Oxford, All Souls College 82 -- 3. Spiritual allegory, platonizing cosmology, and the Boethian Aeneid in medieval England: Cambridge, Peterhouse College, 158 -- 4. Moral allegory and the Aeneid in the time of Chaucer: London, BL Additional 27304 -- 5. The romance Aeneid -- 6. Writing the reading of Virgil: Chaucerian authorities in the House of Fame and the Legend of Good Women -- Conclusion: Envoi, to the Renaissance: Books of Aeneas and of Dido.

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This long-awaited and courageous study augments Baswell's earlier works on certain glossed medieval Aeneid manuscripts and revises totally his 1983 doctoral dissertation, "Figures of Olde Werk": Visions of Virgil in Later Medieval England. The author (Barnard College) analyzes the fate of a single tradition of gloss, annotation, and commentary in Aeneid manuscripts as the poem was read and reinterpreted by vernacular authors--from 12th-century France to 14th-century England. The investigation probes the cultivation of Latin studies in medieval England by addressing issues such as textual access and pedagogical exegesis, particularly in three manuscripts: Oxford, All Souls College 82; Cambridge, Peterhouse 158; and London, BL Additional 27304. The 40-page chapter on the "romance Aeneid" provides an original exploration of the Old French Le Roman D'En'eas. Baswell shows how both Servian and non-Servian allegorical exegesis continued throughout the Middle Ages, impinging on Chaucerian authorities for The House of Fame and Legend of Good Women. The principal antecedent to the work is Barbara Nolan's Chaucer and the Tradition of the Roman Antique (CH, Jul'93), which focused on Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde and Knight's Tale. Intended mainly for graduate libraries and faculty. R. Cormier; Central Piedmont Community College

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