'My Compleinte' and Other Poems

Thomas Hoccleve and edited by Roger Ellis

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ISBN: 9780859897006

Publication: September 1, 2001

Series: Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies

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Thomas Hoccleve (1368–426) was one of Chaucer’s first disciples and is represented in this book by a selection of his works, newly edited from his own copies and fully annotated. It provides students and other readers new to his work with a very fair indication of his range and achievement as original writer and translator and includes a full Introduction and marginal glosses. It also offers those more familiar with his work a fuller account than has hitherto been available of the manuscripts both of Hoccleve’s own texts and, when he was translating from Latin or French, of his sources. Some of the themes and topics explored, with Hoccleve's light and witty touch, include women (for them or against them); money (always short of it, and as likely as not to be paid in counterfeit coin); isolation and suffering (causes various, but always painful); the pains of hell and the joys of heaven; the serendipitous nature of literary production; the writer as translator, reporter, or even as gossip.

Roger Ellis is Senior Lecturer in English Literature, University of Wales, College of Cardiff. He has published articles, books and papers on medieval translation theory, and on religious and other literature of the later Middle Ages.

Frontispiece Acknowledgements Sigla of Manuscripts and Other Abbreviations Introduction Notes Editorial Principles A Note on Hoccleve's Language MINOR VERSE I. 'Conpleynte paramont' Notes II. 'La male regle de T. Hoccleue' Notes III. 'Balade et chanceon...a mon meistre H. Somer' Notes IV. 'Balade...[pour] mon meistre Robert Chichele' Notes V. 'Item de beata Virgine' Notes VI. 'L'epistre de Cupide' Notes VII. THE SERIES 1. 'My compleinte' Notes 2. 'A dialoge' Notes 3. 'Fabula de quadam imperatrice Romana' Notes 4. 'Ars vtillissima sciendi mori' Notes 5. 'Fabula de quadam muliere mala' Notes 6; Appendices 1. The stanzas added to the 'Conpleynte paramont' in the Middle English Pilgrimage of the Soul 2A. A comparison of the version of Hoccleve's first Gesta narrative with selected Latin and Middle English analogues 2B. The source of Hoccleve's 'Balade... translatee au commandement de... Robert Chichele.' 3. The glosses to 'Ars vtillissima sciendi mori' in S and D, 270 4. Additional notes on the textual relations of the non-holograph copies of the 'Conpleynte paramont', 'Epistre de Cupide' and the Series 5. Selected variants from the non-holograph manuscript copies of the texts here edited Bibliography Editions of texts or selections Secondary literature

The wealth of detail noticed and reported on by Ellis is absolutely staggering ... It is a serious work, offered by a committed textual scholar who has investigated all the complex issues of authority and transmission ... It allows us to bring into the classroom data about the complex and unique history of textual transformation for Hoccleve's works, a real “behind the scenes” look at medieval authorship and composition ... One thing is certain, the reader will know Hoccleve well as poet, translator and scribe after reading this edition cover to cover, all the way through, as Hoccleve long ago exhorted us to do. Ellis's edition, bursting at the seams with historical, textual and critical detail, a feast of both matter and art, will doubtlessly be a major factor in the renaissance of Hoccleve studies.
  The Medieval Review

Format: Hardback

Size: 249 x 177 mm

304 Pages

ISBN: 9780859897006

Publication: September 1, 2001

Series: Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies

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