John Mirk's Festial edited from British Library MS Cotton Claudius A.II. Volume II.

Powell, Susan 2011, John Mirk's Festial edited from British Library MS Cotton Claudius A.II. Volume II. , Early English Text Society, OS 335 , 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.

Item Type: Book
Themes: Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for English Literature and Language
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Refereed: Yes
Series Name: Early English Text Society
ISBN: 978-0-19-959037-7
Depositing User: Professor Susan Powell
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2011 11:14
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 19:59

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