Parergon

Parergon
Volume 22, Number 1, January 2005

CONTENTS

    Diggelmann, Lindsay.
  • Exile and the Poetic Standpoint of the Troubadour Bertran de Born
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    Subject Headings:
    • Bertran, de Born, seigneur de Hautefort, 1140?-1215 -- Criticism and interpretation.
    • Exile (Punishment) in literature.
    Abstract:
      Thanks to his close connections to the Plantagenets and his surviving poems, the twelfth-century troubadour Bertran de Born is a figure of interest to historians and literary scholars alike. In two poems addressed to Matilda, daughter of Henry II, Bertran examines themes of separation, dislocation, and exile in the context of what at first appears to be a standard 'courtly love' text. The idea of exile recurs at several other points in his work alongside his more obvious concerns of love, feudal politics, and crusading, providing an interesting angle for a fresh assessment of Bertran's poetic corpus.
    Dell, Helen.
  • Desire and Generic Differentiation in Trouvère Song
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    Subject Headings:
    • Trouvère songs -- History and criticism.
    • Pastourelles -- History and criticism.
    • Monophonic chansons -- History and criticism.
    • Desire in literature.
    • Literary form.
    Abstract:
      Masculine desire in trouvère song is a product of generic differentiation, posed as opposition. The generic affiliation of a song is linked to the relation of the lyric subject to the object of his desire, in particular through the difference made by the inclusion or exclusion of narrative elements in songs. Two songs, representative of two trouvère genres, the chanson and the pastourelle, are examined in some detail, with the aim of distinguishing between the claims of the lyric subject and the hidden desire which emerges against his claims. Lacanian psychoanalytic theory assists in bringing these hidden desires to the light.
    Ramm, Ben.
  • Barking Up the Wrong Tree? The Significance of the chienet in Old French Romance
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    Subject Headings:
    • Romances -- History and criticism.
    • Dogs in literature.
    • Abjection in literature.
    Abstract:
      The presence of dogs in medieval literary texts frequently attracts comment for reasons of symbolism or illustration, but rarely has the specifically narrative function of this creature been subjected to critical analysis. Cultural conceptions of the dog during the medieval period are characterized by a fundamental ambiguity; it is represented either as an unclean, quasi-heretical hell-hound, or else gentrified and even partly humanized as man's best friend. This paradox might invite a reading of the dog as something liminal or undecidable, an abjection which contaminates those literary texts in which the dog has a specific narrative function. Using examples from a number of mostly Old French texts, it is argued that this function often reveals a chaotic current in the text, demonstrating the workings of a disruptive underside of language which cannot be properly represented, but which disturbs the ordered system of the narrative.
    Findon, Joanne, 1957-
  • The Other Story: Female Friendship in the Middle English Ywain and Gawain
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    Subject Headings:
    • Ywain and Gawain.
    • Female friendship in literature.
    Abstract:
      The Middle English romance Ywain and Gawain elaborates its primary theme, a concern with trowth and luf, through its depiction of the friendship between two women – the aristocratic heroine Alundyne and her faithful maidservant Lunet. Their relationship generates the main components of the chivalric plot and grounds the thematic agenda of the romance in private female speech, thus presenting an alternative to the competitive male ethos of the chivalric romance.
    Young, Helen.
  • Athelston and English Law: Plantagenet Practice and Anglo-Saxon Precedent
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    Subject Headings:
    • Athelston (Middle English romance)
    • English literature -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- Political aspects.
    • Law in literature.
    • Treason in literature.
    Abstract:
      The Middle English romance Athelston deals with an issue that was extremely topical to the time of writing at the end of the fourteenth century, that is, treason. Two concepts of treason, personal and institutional, are opposed in the text. The work seeks to retrieve the Anglo-Saxon past through the operation of historical nostalgia in which Saxon history shown as a time of divine blessing and intervention. It also speaks directly to contemporary concerns by establishing an opposition between established English custom and foreign innovation in terms of royal power and prerogative. This is done through the treatment of the law and legal procedure, specifically surrounding the issue of treason. As a result the work can be read as an assertion of English national identity through the deployment of Anglo-Saxon history and the affirmation of English law in comparison to French models.
    Green, Karen, 1951-
  • Philosophy and Metaphor: The Significance of Christine's 'Blunders'
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    Subject Headings:
    • Christine, de Pisan, ca. 1364-ca. 1431 -- Criticism and interpretation.
    • Christine, de Pisan, ca. 1364-ca. 1431 -- Political and social views.
    • Christine, de Pisan, ca. 1364-ca. 1431 -- Sources.
    • Feminism and literature -- France -- History -- To 1500.
    Abstract:
      Three cases where Christine de Pizan seems to have transformed her sources are discussed. The first involves a fusion of the Tiburtine and Cumean sibyls, the second Christine's treatment of the poetic muses, and the third the image of felicité humaine introduced at the beginning of Le Livre du corps de policie. It is argued that where Christine transforms her sources she is making a distinct philosophical point. In the third of these transformations she shows a subtle appreciation of the sexism of a traditional philosophical metaphor, which she cleverly undermines and subverts.
    Mann, Catherine.
  • Clothing Bodies, Dressing Rooms: Fashioning Fecundity in The Lisle Letters
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    Subject Headings:
    • Lisle, Honor Plantagenet, Viscountess, ca. 1493-1566.
    • Husee, John.
    • Pregnancy -- Social aspects -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century.
    • Material culture -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century.
    • Master and servant -- Social aspects -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century.
    Abstract:
      One of the preparations for early modern childbirth was obtaining the necessary material goods for the pregnancy, birth, and lying-in. Indeed, for noble families, childbirth was marked by the increase in bought and borrowed possessions surrounding and enclosing the body of the pregnant woman. Traditionally and historically, both mother and father had defined roles to play in preparing for the birth of a child. But it was not just parents who participated in the materiality of childbirth rituals; servants, too, had their part to play. Through the objects and clothes that male servants provided, men were able to prepare for pregnancy in ways that broader society deemed legitimate and necessary. The role of Lord Lisle's man, John Husee, in procuring bedding and clothing for Lady Lisle's lying-in reveals a crucial episode in the material and emotional construction of early modern maternity.
    Madelaine, Richard.
  • 'The dark and vicious place': The Location of Sexual Transgression and its Punishment on the Early Modern English Stage
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    Subject Headings:
    • English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 -- History and criticism.
    • Theater -- England -- History -- 16th century.
    • Theaters -- Stage-setting and scenery -- England -- History -- 16th century.
    • Setting (Literature)
    • Sex in literature.
    • Murder in literature.

Reviews

    Downes, Stephanie.
  • Christine de Pizan: A Casebook (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Altmann, Barbara K., 1957-, ed. Christine de Pizan: a casebook.
    • McGrady, Deborah L., 1967-, ed.
    • Christine, de Pisan, ca. 1364-ca. 1431.
    Cañadas, Ivan.
  • Sex Crimes, Honour, and the Law in Early Modern Spain: Vizcaya, 1528-1735 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Barahona, Renato, 1944- Sex crimes, honour, and the law in early modern Spain: Vizcaya, 1528-1735.
    • Sex crimes -- Spain -- Vizcaya -- History -- Sources.
    Hall, Dianne, Ph. D.
  • Medieval Cruelty: Changing Perceptions, Late Antiquity to the Early Modern Period (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Baraz, Daniel. Medieval cruelty: changing perceptions, late antiquity to the early modern period.
    • Cruelty -- History.
    O'Neill, Pamela.
  • Political Assemblies in the Earlier Middle Ages (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Barnwell, P. S., ed. Political assemblies in the earlier Middle Ages.
    • Mostert, Marco, ed.
    • Political culture -- Europe -- History -- To 1500 -- Congresses.
    Warner, Lawrence.
  • Public Piers Plowman: Modern Scholarship and Late Medieval English Culture (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Benson, C. David. Public Piers Plowman: modern scholarship and late medieval English culture.
    • Langland, William, 1330?-1400? Piers the Plowman.
    Dunn, Rosemary.
  • The Middle English "Mirror": an Edition Based on Bodleian Library, MS Holkham misc. 40 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Robert de Gretham, 13th cent. Middle English Mirror: an edition based on Bodleian Library, MS Holkham misc. 40.
    • Blumreich More, Kathleen Marie, ed.
    • Robert de Gretham, 13th cent. Miroir.
    Collard, Judith.
  • History and Images: Towards a New Iconology (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Bolvig, Axel, ed. History and images: towards a new iconology.
    • Lindley, Phillip, ed.
    • Art, Medieval -- Themes, motives.
    Miller, Anthony, 1946-
  • Proceedings of the British Academy, 117: 2001 Lectures (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • British Academy. Proceedings of the British Academy, 117: 2001 lectures.
    • Culture.
    Daalder, Joost.
  • Representing Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century English Popular Print and Culture (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Carter, Sophie, 1970- Representing prostitution in eighteenth-century English popular print and culture.
    • Prostitution in art.
    Tulloch, Graham, 1947-
  • The Old Norse Poetic Translations of Thomas Percy (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Ross, Margaret Clunies. Old Norse poetic translations of Thomas Percy.
    • Percy, Thomas, 1729-1811. Five pieces of runic poetry.
    Jack, Sybil M.
  • Luther's Lives: Two Contemporary Accounts of Martin Luther (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Cochlaeus, Johannes, 1479-1552. Luther's lives: two contemporary accounts of Martin Luther.
    • Melanchthon, Philipp, 1497-1560.
    • Vandiver, Elizabeth, 1956-, tr.
    • Keen, Ralph, tr.
    • Frazel, Thomas D., tr.
    • Luther, Martin, 1483-1546.
    Hayward, Paul Antony.
  • Lanfranc: Scholar, Monk, and Archbishop (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Cowdrey, H. E. J. (Herbert Edward John) Lanfranc: scholar, monk, and archbishop.
    • Lanfranc, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1005?-1089.
    O'Neill, Pamela.
  • Court Culture in the Early Middle Ages: The Proceedings of the First Alcuin Conference (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Cubitt, Catherine, ed. Court culture in the early Middle Ages: the proceedings of the first Alcuin conference.
    • Alcuin, 735-804 -- Congresses.
    Parkin, Sally.
  • Women and Men in Early Modern Venice: Reassessing History (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Datta, Satya Brata. Women and men in early modern Venice: reassessing history.
    • Venice (Italy) -- History -- 1508-1797.
    Cropp, Glynnis M.
  • Selected Poems (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Deschamps, Eustache, 1346?-1406. Selected poems.
    • Laurie, Ian S., ed.
    • Sinnreich-Levi, Deborah M., ed.
    • Curzon, David, tr.
    • Fiskin, Jeffrey, tr.
    • Deschamps, Eustache, 1346?-1406 -- Translations into English.
    Hayward, Paul Antony.
  • The Revival of Planetary Astronomy in Carolingian and Post-Carolingian Europe (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Eastwood, Bruce. Revival of planetary astronomy in Carolingian and post-Carolingian Europe.
    • Planetary theory -- History.
    Tomas, Natalie.
  • The Cultural World of Eleonora di Toledo: Duchess of Florence and Siena (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Eisenbichler, Konrad, ed. Cultural world of Eleonora di Toledo: Duchess of Florence and Siena.
    • Eleonora, di Toledo, Duchess, consort of Cosimo I, Grand-Duke of Tuscany, 1522-1562.
    Cadwallader, Robyn.
  • Gender and Difference in the Middle Ages (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Farmer, Sharon A, ed. Gender and difference in the Middle Ages.
    • Pasternack, Carol Braun, ed.
    • Women -- History -- Middle Ages, 500-1500.
    Jack, Sybil M.
  • Global Connections and Monetary History 1470-1800 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Flynn, Dennis Owen, 1945-, ed. Global connections and monetary history 1470-1800.
    • Giráldez, Arturo, ed.
    • Von Glahn, Richard, ed.
    • Money -- History.
    Miller, Anthony, 1946-
  • Increase and Multiply: Governing Cultural Reproduction in Early Modern England (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Glimp, David. Increase and multiply: governing cultural reproduction in early modern England.
    • English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
    Jack, Sybil M.
  • Discourse to Lady Lavinia His Daughter Concerning the Manner in Which She Should Conduct Herself When Going to Court as Lady-in-waiting to the Most Serene Infanta, Lady Caterina, Duchess of Savoy (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Guasco, Annibale, d. 1619. Discourse to Lady Lavinia his daughter: concerning the manner in which she should conduct herself when going to court as lady-in-waiting to the Most Serene Infanta, Lady Caterina, Duchess of Savoy.
    • Osborn, Peggy, ed.
    • Conduct of life -- Early works to 1900.
    Gregory, John.
  • Architecture and the Politics of Gender in Early Modern Europe (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hills, Helen, ed. Architecture and the politics of gender in early modern Europe.
    • Architecture and women -- Europe -- History.
    Freeman, Elizabeth, 1968-
  • The White Mantle of Churches: Architecture, Liturgy, and Art around the Millennium (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hiscock, Nigel, 1940-, ed. White mantle of churches: architecture, liturgy, and art around the millennium.
    • Liturgy and architecture -- Europe.
    Dale, Judith.
  • Music, Body and Desire in Medieval Culture: Hildegard of Bingen to Chaucer (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Holsinger, Bruce W. Music, body and desire in medieval culture: Hildegard of Bingen to Chaucer.
    • Music -- 500-1400 -- Philosophy and aesthetics.
    Jackson, MacDonald P. (MacDonald Pairman)
  • An Introduction to Shakespeare's Poems (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hyland, Peter. Introduction to Shakespeare's poems.
    • Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Poetic works.
    Cassidy-Welch, Megan.
  • Order and Exclusion: Cluny and Christendom Face Heresy, Judaism and Islam, 1000-1150 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Iogna-Prat, Dominique. Order and exclusion: Cluny and Christendom face heresy, Judaism and Islam, 1000-1150.
    • Cluny (Benedictine abbey) -- History -- To 1500.
    Horton, Craig Allan.
  • The Touch of the Real: Essays in Early Modern Culture in Honour of Stephen Greenblatt (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kelly, Philippa, ed. Touch of the real: essays in early modern culture in honour of Stephen Greenblatt.
    • English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
    Warner, Lawrence.
  • Three Alliterative Saints' Hymns: Late Middle English Stanzaic Poems (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kennedy, Ruth, Dr., ed. Three alliterative saints' hymns: late Middle English stanzaic poems.
    • Christian poetry, English (Middle)
    Collard, Judith.
  • The Art of Healing: Painting for the Sick and the Sinner in A Medieval Town (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kupfer, Marcia A. (Marcia Ann) Art of healing: painting for the sick and the sinner in a medieval town.
    • Medicine and art -- France -- St. Aignan.
    Hawkes, Emma.
  • Decorations for the Holy Dead: Visual Embellishment on Tombs and Shrines of Saints (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Lamia, Stephen, ed. Decorations for the holy dead: visual embellishment on tombs and shrines of saints.
    • Valdez del Alamo, Elizabeth, ed.
    • Sculpture, Medieval -- Europe.
    Dunn, Rosemary.
  • Fiction and Incarnation: Rhetoric, Theology, and Literature in the Middle Ages (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Leupin, Alexandre, 1948- Fiction and incarnation: rhetoric, theology, and literature in the Middle Ages.
    • Literature, Medieval -- History and criticism.
    Mews, C. J.
  • Editing Robert Grosseteste (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Goering, Joseph Ward, 1947-, ed. Editing Robert Grosseteste.
    • Mackie, Evelyn A. (Evelyn Anne), ed.
    • Grosseteste, Robert, 1175?-1253 -- Criticism, Textual -- Congresses.
    Taylor, Cheryl, 1945-
  • English Prose Treatises of Richard Rolle (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • McIlroy, Claire Elizabeth, 1970- English prose treatises of Richard Rolle.
    • Rolle, Richard, of Hampole, 1290?-1349 -- Prose.
    Williams, Janet Hadley.
  • Literature, Satire and the Early Stuart State (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • McRae, Andrew. Literature, satire and the early Stuart state.
    • Satire, English -- History and criticism.
    Harbus, A. (Antonina)
  • Reading and Literacy in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Moulton, Ian Frederick, 1964-, ed. Reading and literacy in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
    • Literacy -- Europe -- History -- To 1500 -- Congresses.
    MacKinnon, Dolly.
  • Women's Life Writing in Early Modern Scotland: Writing the Evangelical Self, c. 1670-c1730 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Mullan, David George, ed. Women's life writing in early modern Scotland: writing the evangelical self, c. 1670-c1730.
    • Scottish prose literature -- Women authors.
    Adams, Tracy.
  • The Gentry Context for Malory's Morte Darthur (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Radulescu, Raluca, 1974- Gentry context for Malory's Morte Darthur.
    • Malory, Thomas, Sir, 15th cent. Morte d'Arthur.
    Cadwallader, Robyn.
  • Shadows of Mary: Reading the Virgin Mary in Medieval Texts (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Reed, Teresa P. Shadows of Mary: reading the Virgin Mary in medieval texts.
    • Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint -- In literature.
    Raine, Melissa.
  • Learning and Literacy in Medieval England and Abroad (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Rees Jones, Sarah, ed. Learning and literacy in medieval England and abroad.
    • Literacy -- England -- History -- To 1500.
    McIlroy, Claire Elizabeth, 1970-
  • Language, Self and Love: Hermeneutics in the Writings of Richard Rolle and the Commentaries on the Song of Songs (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Renevey, Denis. Language, self and love: hermeneutics in the writings of Richard Rolle and the commentaries on the Song of Songs.
    • Rolle, Richard, of Hampole, 1290?-1349 -- Criticism and interpretation.
    Pinder, Janice M.
  • La Vye de Seynt Fraunceys D'Assise (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Bonaventure, Saint, Cardinal, ca. 1217-1274. Vye de seynt Fraunceys d'Assise.
    • Russell, Delbert W., ed.
    • Francis, of Assisi, Saint, 1182-1226.
    Cañadas, Ivan.
  • Meanings of Manhood in Early Modern England (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Shepard, Alexandra. Meanings of manhood in early modern England.
    • Men -- England -- History -- 16th century.
    Burrows, Toby.
  • Masters of the Sacred Page: Manuscripts of Theology in the Latin West to 1274 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Smith, Lesley (Lesley Janette) Masters of the sacred page: manuscripts of theology in the Latin West to 1274.
    • Theology -- History -- Middle Ages, 600-1500.
    Chiavaroli, Neville.
  • Boncompagno da Signa: the History of the Siege of Ancona (review)
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    • Boncompagno, da Signa, ca. 1165-ca. 1240. Boncompagno da Signa: the history of the siege of Ancona.
    • Stone, Andrew F., tr.
    • Ancona (Italy) -- History
    Dale, Judith.
  • Theory and the Premodern Text (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Strohm, Paul, 1938- Theory and the premodern text.
    • English literature -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
    Jack, Sybil M.
  • The Italian Reformers and the Zurich Church: c. 1540-1620 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Taplin, Mark, 1972- Italian reformers and the Zurich church: c. 1540-1620.
    • Reformation -- Switzerland -- Zurich.
    Harbus, A. (Antonina)
  • Old and Middle English c. 890-c. 1400: An Anthology (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Treharne, Elaine M., ed. Old and Middle English c. 890-c. 1400: an anthology.
    • English literature -- Old English, ca. 450-1100.
    Mews, C. J.
  • St Anselm and the Handmaidens of God. A Study of Anselm's Correspondence with Women (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Vaughn, Sally N. St Anselm and the handmaidens of God: a study of Anselm's correspondence with women.
    • Anselm, Saint, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1033-1109 -- Correspondence.
    Parkin, Sally.
  • Women, Texts and Authority in the Early Modern Spanish World (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Vicente, Marta V., ed. Women, texts and authority in the early modern Spanish world.
    • Corteguera, Luis R., ed.
    • Spanish literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.

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