This anthology provides new editions of five fifteenth-century English poems framed as dreams, and demonstrates the energy with which this influential medieval form was explored by post-Chaucerian writers. Lydgate's Temple of Glass, a complex love vision, generates a counsel of a wide-ranging kind; The Kingis Quair of James I of Scotland and Love's Renewal from the English poems of Charles of Orleans manipulate autobiographical detail to philosophical and political ends; the anonymous Assembly of Ladies foregrounds women's voices; finally, Skelton's Bowge of Court adapts the love vision to the purposes of a satire on court life. The editions are in lightly modernized spelling and accompanied by glosses, explanatory notes, and textual commentary. Each text has its own introduction and recommendations for further reading, and a general introduction discusses the significance of the dream form, its importance for Middle English writers, and the extraordinary variety of directions in which it was developed by fifteenth-century poets.
Julia Boffey is Reader in Medieval Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. She is an established editor of medieval texts, and her publications include:
Ed. Manuscripts of English Courtly Love Lyrics in the Later Middle Ages (D. S. Brewer 1985)
Ed. with J. Cowen Chaucer and Fifteenth-Century Poetry (Kings College London 1991)
Ed. with P. King London and Europe in the Later Middle Ages (Westfield College London 1995)
Ed. with J. Scatterford Texts and Contexts: Essays from the Early Book Society (Four Courts Press 1997)
Ed. with A. S. G. Edwards The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer and 'the Kingis Quair' (D. S. Bewer 1997)
Release date NZ
September 25th, 2003
Edited by Julia Boffey
Country of Publication
Oxford University Press
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