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  1.  10
    "By Communynge is the Beste Assay": Gossip and the Speech of Reason in Hoccleve's Series.Danielle Bradley - 2019 - Mediaevalia 40 (1):187-217.
    Thomas Hoccleve—if one believes his autobiographical poetry—was a bureaucrat who met trouble at every turn. At the heart of his frustrations was language, namely his own supposedly mad ramblings and the cruel gossip of former colleagues who refused to believe he had recovered from a previous period of mental illness. This paper argues that Hoccleve undoes malicious gossip by countering it with good gossip about himself, which he encourages readers to spread by using a rhetorical strategy that deploys both reported (...)
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    When Pictures Tell the Story: Imagination and Cognition in an Illustrated Prayer Book.Anne L. Clark - 2019 - Mediaevalia 40 (1):27-58.
    Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München Clm 935 offered an innovative program for women’s prayer. Coupling full-page paintings of sequential biblical scenes with prayers linking the biblical episode to the personal life of the reader, the manuscript offered its user not only an abridged visual Bible, but a new type of support for a complex devotional practice. With complementary but by no means homogeneous possibilities of meaning suggested by the words and images, the reader/viewer was enabled to craft a way of prayer not (...)
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    "Lo Sen E·L Saber E la Conoissensa": Reevaluating the Razos for Bertran de Born.Christopher Davis - 2019 - Mediaevalia 40 (1):59-79.
    This essay reexamines the uniquely extensive corpus of prose commentaries for the twelfth-century troubadour Bertran de Born that accompany his poems in several extant Italian manuscripts from the thirteenth century. It argues that commentaries testify to a debate among Italian readers about how to interpret this poet’s distinctive political and moral messages. The essay shows Bertran’s razos to have been key texts in the reception of troubadour literary culture in Italy at a crucial moment in its development, and sheds light (...)
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    Alabaster and Agency: The Tomb of Edward II in Gloucester Cathedral.Rachel Dressler - 2019 - Mediaevalia 40 (1):107-137.
    The Tomb of Edward II is an imposing monument with a striking tiered, gabled superstructure and an alabaster effigy of the king. The elaborate nature of this memorial is unexpected when one contemplates the difficult course of Edward’s reign and, especially, its termination in his deposition and death. Equally surprising is the use of alabaster for his figure, as this material had never previously been used for an effigy and was not at the time a particularly valued stone. This essay (...)
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    “As Lucan Says”: Dante’s Reuse of the Bellum Civile in the Monarchia and the Political Epistles.Bianca Facchini - 2019 - Mediaevalia 40 (1):81-106.
    This article examines Dante’s redeployment of Lucan’s Bellum civile in the Monarchia and Epistles 5–7, and shows how Dante appropriates Lucan’s poem in order to support his philo-imperial agenda. In anchoring his Christian imperial ideal in the historical precedent of ancient Rome, Dante applies Lucan’s text to the task of extolling the Roman political past, considered as a continuous historical reality throughout its monarchic, Republican, and Imperial phases. In so doing, Dante both emphasizes philo-Roman elements already implicit in the Bellum (...)
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    An Interdisciplinary Journal of Medieval Studies Worldwide.Olivia Holmes - 2019 - Mediaevalia 40 (1):235-235.
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    The Jurisprudence Fresco in the Stanza Della Segnatura: Correcting a Prevalent Error.Douglas P. Lackey - 2019 - Mediaevalia 40 (1):219-234.
    Information cards in the Vatican Museum and many guidebooks and scholarly works identify the small putti in Raphael’s Jurisprudence fresco as the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity. The identification is demonstrably incorrect, and the error can be traced to a short article by Edgar Wind published in the 1930s. Wind’s arguments are considered and rejected. The putti are decorative, not allegorical.
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    Fact and Fish Tales in Ælfric’s Colloquy.Todd Preston - 2019 - Mediaevalia 40 (1):1-25.
    Ælfric’s Colloquy has often been read as a window into the life of the working class in the Anglo-Saxon period. A close reading of Ælfric’s portrayal of the fisherman further shows the Colloquy to be a text that provides an equally revealing picture of its ecological context. Reading the fisherman’s section of Ælfric’s Colloquy in light of archaeological, historical, and ecological evidence illuminates where the author accurately represents the Anglo-Saxon fishery and where he wanders into uncertain waters. Specifically, by comparing (...)
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    Eye Beams and Boethian Sufficiency in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde.Sarah B. Rude - 2019 - Mediaevalia 40 (1):169-186.
    This essay explores the relationship between vision, reason, and tragedy in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde and Boece, his translation of Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy. In Boece, Chaucer defines the sense of sight as an important first step toward gaining knowledge and differentiating earthly, temporal pleasures from true, eternal goods. Following an examination of how vision and reason appear in Boece, this essay shows how Chaucer dramatizes these principles in Troilus and Criseyde, focusing especially on the lines of sight between (...)
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    Simon Magus and His Miseri Seguaci: Dante's Simonists and Chaucer's Summoner's Tale.Ethan K. Smilie - 2019 - Mediaevalia 40 (1):139-167.
    In Canto 19 of the Inferno and in the Summoner’s Tale, Dante and Chaucer show a remarkable congruity of thought in regard to simony. The two poets portray the nature and effects of the sin by means of a number of specific correspondent depictions: that of the simonists’ ostensible desire to build up the Church, which is in both cases portrayed physically and in reference to the past work of Peter and the Apostles ; that of simony in terms of (...)
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