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By A. G. Rigg

ISBN-10: 0511518765

ISBN-13: 9780511518768

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ISBN-13: 9780521030410

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A finished historical past of medieval Anglo-Latin writings (which signify an impressive 9 tenths of English literary tradition within the period). The previous century because the final significant paintings in this topic has noticeable the invention and enhancing of many very important texts. A. G. Rigg's new authoritative reference paintings underlines how the view of England's literary historical past within the heart a while as a decline from Anglo-Saxon tradition (recuperated in basic terms within the fourteenth century within the paintings of writers equivalent to Chaucer) ignores the flourishing culture of Latin literature written among England's enforced access into the eu mainstream and the increase of the vernacular and of humanism. It unearths a really wealthy corpus of writings, comprising epic, lyric, comedy, satire, prose anecdotes, romance, saints' lives and devotional texts. This chronological historical past offers quotations within the unique Latin with English translations in verse or prose; Anglo-Latin metres are defined and exemplified in an appendix.

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66 The next four poems in the manuscript (WMP Nos. 3-4, LMP Nos. 17-18) do not accompany Malchus. The first two, in collateral hexameters, are to Aimeric of Faye-la-Vineuse, Reginald's home town, and to the town of Faye itself: they are full of nostalgia. The next is addressed to Anselm the younger,67 lamenting the absence of archbishop Anselm but praising his nephew. Most of Reginald's correspondents admired the Malchus, but in the next poem (LMP No. 19) Thomas (II), archbishop of York, added a warning against pride: Hoc solum timeo, ne mens tua leta tropheo Glorificetur eo displiceatque Deo (LMP 19, 11-12) My only fear is that you will, rejoicing in your epic's skill, Fall prey to boastfulness, thus causing God's distress.

Despite their obvious differences, each has his own significance for literary history. William of Malmesbury William of Malmesbury called Goscelin the best historian since Bede, but modern scholars have paid this compliment to William himself. 88 His Qesta Regum, first completed to 1125 and revised later, is primarily a sober secular history, based on earlier sources or site visits, but is enlivened by anecdotes, and there are observations of literary interest. 89 He frequently quotes contemporary poets: Hildebert (on Berengar of Tours and Rome), Godfrey of Winchester (on Serlo), and the anonymous verses on Herbert Losinga and Peter, bishop of Poitiers.

The miracles are in a direct but elegant prose, and were intended for the encouragement of the simple:93 Nam ratiocinationes quidem perfectorum fidem excitant; sed simplicium spem et caritatem accendit miraculorum narratio, ut torpens ignis iniecto roboratur oliuo. Ratiocinationes docent earn miseris misereri posse; exempla uero miraculorum docent uelle quod posse. 2) For reasoned arguments encourage the faith of the perfect, but the hope and love of the simple is kindled by the telling of miracles, just as a dull fire is fuelled by pouring on oil.

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