The Middle English 'Mirror': An Edition Based on Bodleian Library, MS Holkham misc. 40, with Introduction and Glossary

Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (ASMAR), Vol. 9

The Middle English 'Mirror': An Edition Based on Bodleian Library, MS Holkham misc. 40, with Introduction and Glossary

Edited by Kathleen Marie Blumreich (Grand Valley State University )
2003 | 608 pp. | 978-0-86698-224-5 | Cloth 6 x 9 in
MRTS 182 | $55 | €60

Out of Print.

The Middle English "Mirror", an edition of the anonymous Middle English translation of Robert de Gretham's Anglo-Norman Miroir or Les Evangiles des Domnees (ca. 1250-1300), presents a collection of sixty homilies avowedly written for a woman of rank to help counteract the bad effects of her reading too many chansons de geste and histories. The collection also seems directed at a more general audience because it concerns itself largely with the question of how a person, regardless of rank and status, can be a good Christian. The Middle English translation exists in six manuscripts, but has never been edited before. Thus this volume is of considerable cultural and historical interest as well as being an important text for the study of late medieval religious life. Its publication will be welcomed not merely by students of Middle English literature, but by general medievalists in many fields.