Powell, Susan 2009, John Mirk's Festial, Edited from British Library MS Cotton Claudius A.II. Volume 1. , Early Engish Text Society, OS 334 , Oxford University Press, Oxford.
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The Festial, as the most frequently circulated orthodox English sermon collection of the Middle Ages, presents a particularly difficult task for the editor. There are two recensions, and there is also a comprehensive revision and expansion in four extant manuscripts. The first recension (Group A) presents a complex pattern of copying and re-copying over a long period of time in a variety of different places - inevitably, many intervening manuscripts have been lost (twelve survive). The second recension (Group B) presents a much more stable text (eight manuscripts). In addition, there are twenty partial manuscripts and manuscripts with just a few Festial excerpts, some adapted for different contexts from Mirk’s original. This is the first edition since Theodor Erbe's EETS ES 96 edition of 1905 (based on only 6 MSS), of which only Part I was published. It is the result of a consideration of all the known manuscripts and consists of Introduction, Text, Explanatory Notes, Select Glossary, Glossary of Proper Names, and five Appendices.
|Themes:||Memory, Text and Place|
|Schools:||Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for English Literature and Language
Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Series Name:||Early Engish Text Society|
|Depositing User:||Professor Susan Powell|
|Date Deposited:||06 Oct 2011 11:13|
|Last Modified:||30 Nov 2015 23:37|
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