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Reading English Verse in Manuscript c.1350-c.1500

Daniel Sawyer


This volume offers the first book-length history of reading for Middle English poetry. Drawing on evidence from more than 450 manuscripts, it examines readers’ choices of material, their movements into and through books, their physical handling of poetry, and their attitudes to rhyme. It provides new knowledge about the poems of known writers such as Geoffrey Chaucer, John Lydgate, and Thomas Hoccleve by examining their transmission and reception together with a much larger mass of anonymous English poetry, including the most successful English poem before print, The Prick of Conscience. The e ... More

Keywords: Middle English, Middle English verse, poetry, reading, history of reading, form, formalism, codicology, palaeography, manuscript studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198857778
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198857778.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Sawyer, author
Fitzjames Research Fellow in Medieval English Literature, Merton College, University of Oxford, UK