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STUDIES IN THE AGE OF CHAUCER figures there listed appears in text notes; these two separate pieces of explanation could well be combined. Finally, as I have noted, Harvey spends, speaking relatively, a good deal of time on the poet's meter. This information does not seem to me either accurate or well considered. In her editing of the text, Harvey seems to take any line with ten syllables as in effect metrical. And I think it very possible that the author was simply clumsy about the metrical form of the work. Bur in many cases I can see alternative ways of casting the lines into metrical form (in some lines by use of historically correct final -e, which Harvey claims the poet did not use); hence I am left unconvinced about the care or accuracy of the metrical analysis Harvey performed. Equally disconcerting are such statements as Harvey's claims that there are onlytwo unambiguous headless lines in the poem (p. xviii) and that elision occurs only in a very limited set of instances (p. xix). Simply to take a single example, how does she scan (the undiscussed) line 693, which seems to me to read unam­ biguously [stress on italicized words] "Pease thy chy!der, and bryng mankyndto b!isse"? This edition isvery far from a bad job.Where Harvey in effect recognizes clearly that there is a task that needs doing, I think she performs very well indeed. But that sense of the task is not always as present as it might be, and a number ofthings which one might hope to discoverin a 1984 edition of The Court ofSapience do not appear here or appear here only intermit­ tently. Harvey is to be congratulated for closing off some areas of discus­ sion, for example, the poet's use of his sources; some other areas, including basic matters like the text and the poet's metrical practice, must remain open for the present. RALPH HANNA III University of California at Riverside ANNE HUDSON, ed., English Wyc!iffite Sermons. Vol. 1. Oxford and New York: Clarendon Press, Oxford University Press, 1983. Pp. xi, 701. $98.00. This first volume of Anne Hudson's long-awaited edition of the English Wycliffite sermons, which will appear in four volumes, consists of 54 202 REVIEWS sermons on the Sunday Gospels and 55 sermons on the Sunday Epistles. When completed, the edition will include all 294 of the Wycliffite ser­ mons. The purpose ofthe edition "is to produce a new text ofthe sermons, will full collation of all the manuscripts now known, and to study the content in which they were written and the light they shed upon the Lollard movement" (p. 6). The only publication of the complete English Wycliffite sermon cycles until Hudson's new edition is Thomas Arnold's Select English Works ofJohn Wyclzf (Oxford, 1869-71), the first two volumes of which included the Wycliffite sermons. Following MS Bodley 788 as his base text, Arnold divided the sermons into five sets: set 1: 54 sermons on the Gospels; set 2: 31 sermons on the Commune Sanctorum; set 3: 37 sermons on the Proprium Sanctorum; set 4: 120 sermons on the ferial Gospel readings; and set 5: 55 sermons on the Sunday Epistles. Hudson adheres to Arnold's numbering of the sets in her discussion but does not follow the order of Bodley 788, which she shows to be not as excellent a manuscript as Arnold supposed. She chooses British Museum Additional 40672 as her base text. Although Arnold knew of nineteen other manuscripts, he did not attempt a systematic collation. Hudson has worked carefully with all thirty-one ofthe known sermon manuscripts. Her collations reveal information which, in addition to providing modern readers with an excellent text to study, will be particularly useful in reassessing the Wycliffite movement in its early stages. Hudson's 222-page introduction to this volume discusses the several schemes for arranging the sets in the manuscripts, describes the qualities and contents of the 31 manuscripts, and comments on the derivatives of the sermons, their presentation in the manuscripts (layout, headings and ornamentation, numbering system, rubrication, correction), the textual tradition ofthe sermons, and their...

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ISSN
1949-0755
Print ISSN
0190-2407
Pages
pp. 202-208
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-03
Open Access
No
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