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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (1): 69–92.
Published: 01 January 2022
...Renée R. Trilling The Old English poem known as The Fortunes of Men offers a catalogue of potential fates, both good and bad, that can befall a person in the early medieval world, from being eaten by a wolf to thriving as a poet. Straining against the limits of human knowledge about the future...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2004) 34 (1): 173–196.
Published: 01 January 2004
... of arrogance tellingly instantiates the translation of Latinate class expectations into those of late Saxon England. The probable Latin source describes Hellanicus, the snubbed commoner, as “cive suo” [his fellow citizen]; for this the Old English substitutes “sum his cudra manna” [one of his familiar men...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2020) 50 (2): 431–453.
Published: 01 May 2020
... then, For they are cunning crafty men.1 So begins the English ballad The Mothers Kindness, Conquer d by her Daughters Vindication of Valiant and Renowned Seamen (ca. 1676 96), in which a Mother and her daughter June debate sailors suitability for marriage. Sailors, Mother declares, are cunning, crafty...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2011) 41 (2): 369–391.
Published: 01 May 2011
...J. M. Crawford John Skelton is a transitional poet. He is perhaps the last practitioner in the visionary forms of the English fifteenth century, and he is an early practitioner in the secularized poetry to which those old forms give way. Many scholars regard Skelton's allegorical poems, especially...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (3): 533–565.
Published: 01 September 2022
... of the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English Poor Laws, and popular attitudes toward the poor in the early sixteenth century in England, see A. L. Beier, Masterless Men: The Vagrancy Problem in England, 1560–1640 (New York: Methuen, 1986); Steve Hindle, On the Parish? The Micro-Politics of Poor Relief...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2007) 37 (1): 163–195.
Published: 01 January 2007
... backgrounds of the various tales.8 Kinoshita and Jacobs / Ports of Call  165 Critics working in Branca’s wake, on the other hand, tend to minimize Boc- caccio’s engagement with this larger Mediterranean world.9 In the English translation of this passage appearing...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2010) 40 (1): 149–172.
Published: 01 January 2010
... — led by those “fierie spirited men in the ministerie” who “gote such a guyding of the people” — preferred to understand the English Reformation as the result of royal decree “proceed- ing,” as he writes in Basilicon Doron, “from the Princes ordour.”20 Shake- speare presents the city as fervid...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (1): 1–16.
Published: 01 January 2022
... of Men in this issue, “form and politics are . . . reciprocally constituting.” 12 The essays that follow explore the situatedness of catastrophic forms. Some focus on rhythmic or sonic structures. Essays by Trilling, Emily Thornbury, and Evelyn Reynolds examine how the alliterative structures of Old...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2009) 39 (1): 161–181.
Published: 01 January 2009
... “Caelia in her charming Eyes / Wore all Love’s sweets, and all [Damon’s] cruelties” (2.1.161 – 62), ren- ders Petrarchan an original song in Thomaso that promises a leveling satis- faction for all (“Youths,” “Old men,” “Fools,” and “mad men”) that approach Angellica asking for her services (334 – 35...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2007) 37 (3): 579–594.
Published: 01 September 2007
... their children such that they follow them in morality and virtue through their example. The old teach the young through example and explicit instruction.”19 But there is more to this little fable than old men and oxen. Plow- ing the field had long been a controlling metaphor for writing...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2012) 42 (1): 107–130.
Published: 01 January 2012
..., Economy and Nature in the Fourteenth Century: Money, Market Exchange, and the Emergence of ScientificTh ought (Cam- bridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998). 38 The Three Lords and Ladies of London, in vol. 6 of A Select Collection of Old English Plays, ed. W. Carew Hazlitt, 4th ed...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2009) 39 (1): 95–117.
Published: 01 January 2009
..., and saddle me for the Asse; that is, take me, and lay me upon thy Asse, better be a burthen then lie here for old Phoberon. (69) Sexual travesty is never far away: And burnt all those excommunicated Books.] Some books more than others incline men to madnesse...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2007) 37 (1): 75–95.
Published: 01 January 2007
.... And finally, they explore the overlap or conflict between two competing models of “venturing”: that of the new merchant-capitalist and that of the old chi- valric or noble hero.37 The theatrical spectacle of Mediterranean adventuring introduced English audiences to the possibility of a mobile, adaptive...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2010) 40 (1): 89–117.
Published: 01 January 2010
... the grace of God, sir, and he hath enough.”2 Launcelot is fully conscious of the rhetorical division he performs on the maxim: “The old proverb is very well parted,” he warns Bassanio, before splitting grace between the Venetian aristocrat and the Jewish money-lender (2.2.149). How might we...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2012) 42 (1): 83–105.
Published: 01 January 2012
... Washington University Saint Louis, Missouri Karl Morrison’s more than twenty-­year-­old statement that “[t]he history of compassion is yet to be written” continues to serve as both description and inspiration in the field of medieval studies.1 Scholars have seen...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (1): 93–117.
Published: 01 January 2022
.... The oscillation of the countable with the uncountable is a repeated feature of catastrophic form, and here the verse alludes to dislocations of all kinds, geographic as well as temporal: old and tender folk, men and children weep in response, as time expands in intergenerational terms. 24 This unanticipated...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2004) 34 (1): 1–16.
Published: 01 January 2004
.... The essays by Nicholas Howe on Rome as capital in the Anglo-Saxon imaginary in general, and David Townsend’s more particular focus on the translation of empire in the Old English Apollonius of Tyre, are complemented by Fred Orton’s analysis of the imbrication of style and ideology in Anglo-Saxon stone...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2010) 40 (2): 249–272.
Published: 01 May 2010
... promotes unity: “with their spirits enflamed,” claims the poet, “with a single will they threw them- selves with the same enthusiasm against the English,” while “anger increases the motivation of men who are naturally courageous” (3:136  –  37 and 131). The English fight back initially with some...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (2): 335–360.
Published: 01 May 2022
... of university‐educated, high‐status clerics who were also accomplished versifiers. Poets such as George Herbert and John Donne were not anomalies but part of a wider trend that profoundly shaped English verse conventions. The essay thus makes a case for considering institutional history as an important...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2021) 51 (3): 533–551.
Published: 01 September 2021
...-tell what common-weales shall florish or decay: what persones shall be fortunate or unfortunate: what side shall winne in anie battell: What man shall obteine victorie at singular combate: What way, and of what age shall men die: What horse shall winne at matche-running; and diverse such like...