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Notes • introduction 1. Sharon Marcus, Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2007), 75–76. 2. Paul de Man, The Resistance to Theory (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1986), 24. See also Derek Attridge, J. M. Coetzee and the Ethics of Reading: Literature in the Event (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004), 32–64. 3. Paul Freedman and Gabrielle M. Spiegel, “Medievalisms Old and New: The Rediscovery of Alterity in North American Medieval Studies,” American Historical Review 103 (1998): 700. 4. See the special issue, “The Way We Read Now,” ed. Stephen Best and Sharon Marcus, Representations 108 (2009); also Heather Love, “Close But Not Deep: Literary Ethics and the Descriptive Turn,” New Literary History 41 (2010): 371–91. 5. A familiar account is Marjorie Levinson, “What Is New Formalism?,” PMLA 122 (2007): 558–69; an intelligent one is Susan J. Wolfson, “Introduction,” in Reading for Form, ed. Susan J. Wolfson and Marshall Brown (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2006), 3–24. 6. What follows is summarized from Steven Justice, “Literary History,” in Chaucer : Contemporary Approaches, ed. David Raybin and Susanna Fein (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2009), 195–210. 7. The phrase seems to have emerged into general use from Louis Althusser and Étienne Balibar, Reading “Capital”, trans. Ben Brewster (London: New Left Books, 1970). 8. ”Regem de cetero michi prius in ipsius potencia ignotum et eius leges timui ipsum, per maxillis meis frenum imponendo”; G-W 16. All quotations are taken from Given-Wilson’s edition; for reasons explained later in this introduction, I supply my own translations. 146 Notes to Pages 3–4 9. The image is from Ezechiel: “ponam frenum in maxillis tuis” (29:4, 38:4). Jerome , commenting, notices both the silence and the pain it suggests: “Ponit autem Dominus in maxillis draconis istius frenum et perforat labia ejus atque constringit armillae circulo, quando per ecclesiasticos viros, qui scripturis sanctis eruditi sunt, imponit ei silentium, et universa perversitatis dogmata dissolvuntur ”; Jerome, Commentariorum in Hiezechielem libri xiv, CCSL 75 (Turnhout: Brepols, 1964), 404, 406– 7; Jerome’s comment is picked up in Raban Maur’s commentary, Commentariorum in Ezechielem libri viginti; PL 110:796, 798. 10. The passage is further discussed, and its grammatical difficulty explained, below, ch. 8, n. 28. 11. G-W 68; “Et sic—ut quid mora?—licet seipsum deposuerat ex habundanti, ipsius deposicionis sentencia, in scriptis redacta, consensu et auctoritate totius parliementi per magistrum Iohannem Treuar de Powysia, Assauen’ episcopum, palam, publice et solempniter lecta fuit ibidem.” 12. G-W lxxix–lxxxiv. 13. G-W 52, 56. 14. G-W 62; Michael Bennett, Richard II and the Revolution of 1399 (Stroud: Sutton , 1999), 6. This is perhaps the most important single testimony Usk gives for the political history of England; it has therefore been very widely discussed. See ch. 5, n. 17 and the discussion there. 15. G-W 102–14. 16. G-W 250; see ch. 7, n. 2 and the discussion there. 17. G-W 218; “uenit unus globus igneus, maior magno dolio, quasi illuminans mundum; in cuius aduentu omnes attoniti timebant perimi uillam, sed directe transit contra campanile sancte Marie, et ex ictu diuisus in duas partes, ipsas ante hostia dictorum comitis et domini eas dimittit, ad maximum ipsorum, ut apparuit postea, ruine presagium.” 18. G-W 48; “iusto Dei iudicio, misit Deus magnum scismatis chaos, iuxta illud prophecie unde uersus, ‘Iudice celorum, rumpetur turba malorum”; see also the citations at G-W 16 and the prophecies of the Eagle, G-W 50–52. On the Bridlington hoax see Rupert Taylor, The Political Prophecy in England (New York: Columbia University Press, 1911), 51–52 and Michael J. Curley, “The Cloak of Anonymity and the Prophecy of John of Bridlington,” Modern Philology 77 (1980): 361–69; on its satirical energies, A. G. Rigg, “John of Bridlington’s Prophecy: A New Look,” Speculum 63 (1988): 596– 613. 19. For the bizarre notes that use the “prophecies of Merlin,” see ch. 4, nn. 5ff. 20. G-W 226; “Item inueni ibi in cronica Martini . . .” 21. G-W 126; “Finitur istud parliamentum decimo die mensis Marcii, quo tamen die, modicum ante presens, audiui plurima aspera contra Wallen’ ordinanda agitari, Notes to Pages 5–11 147 scilicet de non contrahendo matrimonium cum Anglicis, nec de adquirendo aut inhabitando in Anglia, et alia plura grauia. Et, sicut nouit me Deus, nocte preuia me excitauit a sompno uox ita auribus meis insonans, ‘Supra dorsum meum fabri[caverunt...



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  • Adam, of Usk, active 1400. Chronicon Adae de Usk, A.D. 1377-1421.
  • Adam, of Usk, active 1400 -- Literary art.
  • Written communication -- England -- History -- To 1500.
  • Great Britain -- History -- Richard II, 1377-1399 -- Historiography.
  • Great Britain -- History -- House of Lancaster, 1399-1461 -- Historiography.
  • Wales -- History -- 1063-1536 -- Historiography.
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