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Memory And Remembering: Sacred History And The York Plays, Clifford Davidson Apr 2016

Memory And Remembering: Sacred History And The York Plays, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

Against a background which included revolutionary changes in religious belief, extensive enlargement of dramatic styles and the technological innovation of printing, this collection of essays about biblical drama offers innovative approaches to text and performance, while reviewing some well-established critical issues. The Bible in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries appears in a complex of roles in relation to the drama: as an authority and centre of belief, a place of controversy, an emotional experience and, at times, a weapon. This collection brings into focus the new biblical learning, including the re-editing of biblical texts, as well as classical influences, and ...


Timon Of Athens: The Iconography Of False Friendship, Clifford Davidson Dec 2015

Timon Of Athens: The Iconography Of False Friendship, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

The realization that iconographic tableaux appear at central points in the drama of Shakespeare no longer seems to involve a radical critical perspective. Thus a recent study is able to show convincingly that the playwright presented audiences with a Hamlet who upon his first appearance on stage illustrated what the Renaissance would certainly have recognized as the melancholic contemplative personality. As I have noted in a previous article, the hero of Macbeth when he sees the bloody dagger before him is in fact perceiving the image which most clearly denotes tragedy itself; in the emblem books, the dagger is indeed ...


York Art: A Subject List Of Extant And Lost Art, Clifford Davidson, David O'Connor Dec 2015

York Art: A Subject List Of Extant And Lost Art, Clifford Davidson, David O'Connor

Clifford Davidson

A list, classified by subject, of extant and lost art from pre-Reformation York originally compiled by Clifford Davidson and David E. O'Connor in 1978 and updated by Clifford Davidson, apparently in 2003. This digital reprint was created in 2014 for ScholarWorks at WMU.


Iconography: A Checklist Of Some Useful Sources For Scholars And Students Of Medieval Art And Drama, Clifford Davidson Dec 2015

Iconography: A Checklist Of Some Useful Sources For Scholars And Students Of Medieval Art And Drama, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

A classified bibliography of scholarship on medieval drama, art, and music compiled by Clifford Davidson in 2002. This reprint was created in 2014 for ScholarWorks at WMU, with some corrections to the content and the formatting of the 2002 version.


The Early Drama, Art, And Music Project: Publications 1977-2002, Timothy Christiansen, Clifford Davidson Dec 2015

The Early Drama, Art, And Music Project: Publications 1977-2002, Timothy Christiansen, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

A bibliography of publications of the Early Drama, Art, and Music project at Western Michigan University, originally compiled by Timothy Christiansen and updated in 2002 by Clifford Davidson. This digital reprint was created in 2014 for ScholarWorks at WMU, with an addendum, an update, and a few corrections to the formatting of the 2002 publication.


Hocus Pocus And The Croxton Play Of The Sacrament, Cameron Mcnabb Nov 2015

Hocus Pocus And The Croxton Play Of The Sacrament, Cameron Mcnabb

Cameron Hunt McNabb

This article addresses how heresy and parody intersect in the Croxton Play of the Sacrament through its religiously and verbally dissenting characters. The play’s highly theatrical depiction of a host miracle both enforces and undermines its emphatic endorsement of the real presence. The play ameliorates this tension by the privileging of words over deeds, aligning the transformative power of the consecratory words with the transformative power of believers’ confessions at conversion wherein both words and actions enact a transubstantiation, thus manifesting the real presence of Christ. The play’s language becomes a moral marker and the vehicle for the ...


The Year's Work In Medievalism 29 (2014), Richard Utz, E L. Risden, Gale Sigal Dec 2013

The Year's Work In Medievalism 29 (2014), Richard Utz, E L. Risden, Gale Sigal

Richard Utz

No abstract provided.


Can We Talk About Religion, Please? Medievalism’S Eschewal Of Religion, And Why It Matters, Richard Utz Dec 2013

Can We Talk About Religion, Please? Medievalism’S Eschewal Of Religion, And Why It Matters, Richard Utz

Richard Utz

No abstract provided.


The Remarkable Life And Career Of The Breton Ansger, Monk And Poet On The Loire Valley Who Became Bishop Of Catania In Sicily 1091-1124, George Beech Dec 2013

The Remarkable Life And Career Of The Breton Ansger, Monk And Poet On The Loire Valley Who Became Bishop Of Catania In Sicily 1091-1124, George Beech

George T. Beech

A key figure in the establishment of the Latin church in Arabic Sicily after the Norman conquest was Bishop Ansger of Catania 1091-1124. Newly found information shows that, by origin a Breton, he first became a monk at St. Florent of Saumur in the Loire valley, then made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. After his return he entered the monastery of St. Eufemia in Calabria where his rise to the office of prior led Count Roger of Sicily to choose him, with the approval of Pope Urban II, as the first bishop of Catania and abbot of St. Agatha. In a ...


Medievalism Now, Special Issue (28 [2013]) Of The Year's Work In Medievalism, Richard Utz, E.L. Risden, Karl Fugelso Dec 2013

Medievalism Now, Special Issue (28 [2013]) Of The Year's Work In Medievalism, Richard Utz, E.L. Risden, Karl Fugelso

Richard Utz

No abstract provided.


Translating Troy: Provincial Politics In Alliterative Romance, Alex Mueller Apr 2013

Translating Troy: Provincial Politics In Alliterative Romance, Alex Mueller

Alex Mueller

For Geoffrey Chaucer and many of his contemporaries, the literary life of England began in ancient Troy. In Translating Troy: Provincial Politics in Alliterative Romance, Alex Mueller explores Middle English alliterative romances that challenge this genealogical fantasy and decentralize Troy as the eastern origin of western authority.

Until the sixteenth century, the Trojans were widely believed to be the ancestors of the English people: the destruction of Troy led to the birth of Rome and eventually the foundation of a New Troy in Britain. In the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the fall of Troy was such a popular subject that ...


Egbert’S England, George Beech Jan 2013

Egbert’S England, George Beech

George T. Beech

No abstract provided.


Obscurity In Medieval Texts, Lucie Doležalová, Jeff Rider, Alessandro Zironi Dec 2012

Obscurity In Medieval Texts, Lucie Doležalová, Jeff Rider, Alessandro Zironi

Jeff Rider

Modern readers of medieval texts often find them obscure. Some of this obscurity is accidental and inevitable due to the historical and cultural distance that separates modern readers from medieval authors, but medieval readers and authors also appear to have simply had a higher tolerance for textual obscurity than we do and even to have viewed obscurity as desirable and a virtue. They did not believe that obscurity could ever be eradicated and were not scared of the indescribable, indivisible, and ungraspable; they accepted reality as complex and ultimately unintelligible. Obscurity was not simply a riddle to be solved. It ...


Lai Du Conseil, Brinduşa Grigoriu, Catharina Peersman, Jeff Rider Dec 2012

Lai Du Conseil, Brinduşa Grigoriu, Catharina Peersman, Jeff Rider

Jeff Rider

This is an edition of the thirteenth-century, northern French Lai du conseil by Brinduşa Elena Grigoriu, Catharina Peersman and Jeff Rider, with an Introduction and notes by Brinduşa Elena Grigoriu and Jeff Rider. The Lai du Conseil is a remarkable artistic achievement that offers us a realistic, sophisticated, sensitive and touching portrait of the most important moment in the imagined relationship of its two principal characters, the moment when they realize and confess their love for one another. The success of the poem, indeed, springs first and foremost from its author’s decision to focus on this emotionally charged, universally ...


Les Métamorphoses Historiographiques Chez Jean Molinet, Jeff Rider Dec 2012

Les Métamorphoses Historiographiques Chez Jean Molinet, Jeff Rider

Jeff Rider

No abstract provided.


Performance And The Middle English Romance, Linda Zaerr Aug 2012

Performance And The Middle English Romance, Linda Zaerr

Linda Marie Zaerr

No abstract provided.


The Inner Life Of Women In Medieval Romance Literature: Grief, Guilt And Hypocrisy, Jeff Rider, Jamie Friedman Dec 2010

The Inner Life Of Women In Medieval Romance Literature: Grief, Guilt And Hypocrisy, Jeff Rider, Jamie Friedman

Jeff Rider

Recent research suggests that emotions are largely constructed and performed and that narrative is one of the most important practices through which people become emotionally aware. Narrative literature thus offers a privileged means of exploring the emotional standards and styles of the past. The essays collected here explore medieval, romance emotional communities through both fictional and non-fictional narratives in French, Spanish, and Italian texts ranging from the twelfth through fifteenth centuries. By following these women characters in their considerations, we can hope both to learn something about the times the women were writing in, while to enriching and enlarging our ...


The Historiography Of The Dragon: Heraldic Violence In The Alliterative Morte Arthure, Alex Mueller Dec 2009

The Historiography Of The Dragon: Heraldic Violence In The Alliterative Morte Arthure, Alex Mueller

Alex Mueller

No abstract provided.


Wikipedia As Imago Mundi, Alex Mueller Dec 2009

Wikipedia As Imago Mundi, Alex Mueller

Alex Mueller

No abstract provided.


Bullying In The York Corpus Christi Plays, Clifford Davidson, Shelia White Dec 2009

Bullying In The York Corpus Christi Plays, Clifford Davidson, Shelia White

Clifford Davidson

No abstract available.


Le Diocèse De Thérouanne Au Moyen Age, Jeff Rider, Benoît-Michel Tock Dec 2009

Le Diocèse De Thérouanne Au Moyen Age, Jeff Rider, Benoît-Michel Tock

Jeff Rider

De tous les évêchés du Nord de la France médiévale, celui de Thérouanne est sans doute l’un des moins bien connus. Cette situation s’explique en partie par la perte quasi-complète de ses archives lors de la prise et de la destruction de la ville par Charles Quint en 1553, qui entraînèrent par ailleurs quelques années plus tard le démembrement du diocèse entre ceux de Saint-Omer, Ypres et Boulogne. Aucune étude d’ensemble ne lui avait d’ailleurs été consacrée depuis la thèse de l’historien gantois Hans Van Werveke, »Het bisdom Terwaan van den oorsprong tot het begin ...


Dux Moraud: Criminality And Salvation In An East Anglian Play, Clifford Davidson Dec 2008

Dux Moraud: Criminality And Salvation In An East Anglian Play, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

No abstract available.


Galbert Of Bruges And The Historiography Of Medieval Flanders, Jeff Rider, Alan Murray Dec 2008

Galbert Of Bruges And The Historiography Of Medieval Flanders, Jeff Rider, Alan Murray

Jeff Rider

Galbert of Bruges's The Murder, Betrayal and Assassination of the Glorious Charles, Count of Flanders is one of the most widely read books of the Middle Ages. It recounts the assassination of Charles, count of Flanders, and the events leading up to and following the murder. Galbert was a resident of Bruges and had served in the count's administration for at least thirteen years by the time of the assassination in 1127. He was well-acquainted with Charles and many of the other actors in this drama, an eyewitness to many of the events he relates, and exceptionally well ...


The Alternation Between Present And Past Time In The ‘Telling Of The Bayeux Tapestry Story, George Beech Dec 2007

The Alternation Between Present And Past Time In The ‘Telling Of The Bayeux Tapestry Story, George Beech

George T. Beech

No abstract available.


Demonstration Performance Of The Cividale Planctus Mariae: A Report, Eric Strand, Matthew Steel, Clifford Davidson Dec 2007

Demonstration Performance Of The Cividale Planctus Mariae: A Report, Eric Strand, Matthew Steel, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

No abstract available.


How England Got Its Name, (1014-1035), George Beech Sep 2007

How England Got Its Name, (1014-1035), George Beech

George T. Beech

No abstract available.


Linking Letters: Translating Ancient History Into Medieval Romance, Alex Mueller May 2007

Linking Letters: Translating Ancient History Into Medieval Romance, Alex Mueller

Alex Mueller

In his prologue to the late fourteenth-century romance, the Destruction of Troy, John Clerk of Whalley negotiates between his roles as translator, historian and alliterative poet to introduce his account of the fall of Troy for medieval English readers. Professing to tell the true story of Britain’s ancient ancestors, he invokes the fiction of translatio imperii, in which the power of empire passes from Troy to Rome to Britain. According to Clerk, his translation of Guido delle Colonne’s Historia destructionis Troiae provides vernacular readers access to historical truth that had not previously been available to them. Clerk’s ...


Vitae. "Vita Karoli Comitis Flandrię" Et "Vita Domni Ioannis Morinensis Episcopi" Quibus Subiunguntur Poemata Aliqua De Morte Comitis Karoli Conscripta Et Quaestio De Eadem Facta, Walter Thérouanne Dec 2005

Vitae. "Vita Karoli Comitis Flandrię" Et "Vita Domni Ioannis Morinensis Episcopi" Quibus Subiunguntur Poemata Aliqua De Morte Comitis Karoli Conscripta Et Quaestio De Eadem Facta, Walter Thérouanne

Jeff Rider

This volume revolves around three men who knew each other well, oversaw the political and spiritual life of much of northern France and Flanders during the first third of the twelfth century, and died within five years of one another: Charles the Good, count of Flanders from 1119 to 1127; John of Warneton, archdeacon of Arras from 1096 to 1099 and bishop of Thérouanne from 1099 to 1130; and their common biographer, Walter, archdeacon of Thérouanne from 1116 to 1132. The volume includes a detailed historical introduction and offers new editions of Walter's vitæ of Charles and John and ...


Saint-Florent Of Saumur And The Origin Of The ‘Bayeux’ Tapestry, George Beech Dec 2005

Saint-Florent Of Saumur And The Origin Of The ‘Bayeux’ Tapestry, George Beech

George T. Beech

No abstract available.


Could Duke Phillip The Good Of Burgundy Have Owned The Bayeux Tapestry In 1430, George Beech Dec 2004

Could Duke Phillip The Good Of Burgundy Have Owned The Bayeux Tapestry In 1430, George Beech

George T. Beech

No abstract available.