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A, A and B: coding same-sex union in Amis and Amiloun

Sheila Delany.

in Pulp Fictions of Medieval England

July 2004; p ublished online July 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval). 8375 words.

This chapter examines the rhyme scheme of a tantalising but little studied Middle English romance, Amis and Amiloun. The poem is composed in twelve-line stanzas, rhymed AAB AAB CCB DDB,...

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‘A Depraved Man Sowing Tares’

Peter Godman.

in The Archpoet and Medieval Culture

October 2014; p ublished online November 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies; Literary Studies (Early and Medieval). 12851 words.

This chapter analyses the image of Rainald of Dassel, especially in the eyes of his enemies. It provides the historical, religious, and political contexts in which the Archpoet emerged as a...

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‘A false abstracte cometh from a fals concrete’: Representation and Misrepresentation in The Bowge of Court and Magnyfycence

Jane Griffiths.

in John Skelton and Poetic Authority

February 2006; p ublished online January 2010 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval). 9469 words.

The Bibliotheca represents an early recognition of the writer's freedom from the authority of the past; while such authority remains something that may be appealed to for rhetorical...

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“A lady should never look directly at a male visitor”

Sandra Lindemann Summers.

in Ogling Ladies

May 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval). 3202 words.

Medieval society considered the gaze a potent and destructive force. Conduct literature of the period is a testament to the medieval effort to regulate the female gaze, which was believed...

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‘A vastly superior thing’

Chris Jones.

in Fossil Poetry

August 2018; p ublished online September 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century); Literary Studies (Early and Medieval). 24147 words.

In this chapter the case is made that while Hopkins studied Anglo-Saxon poetry too late for it to have a direct influence on his idiosyncratic prosody, nevertheless the poet learned much...

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“A Watered-Down Version of Nobility”

Michael Johnston.

in Romance and the Gentry in Late Medieval England

June 2014; p ublished online August 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval); Literature. 13531 words.

The gentry’s distinct socioeconomic position gave rise to distinct cultural interests and needs—in short, a distinct gentry ideology. This chapter examines legal statutes to show that...

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Aaron

Edited by Douglas Gray.

in The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

January 2003; p ublished online January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval). 36 words.

the brother of Moses (Moyses), a priest, is cited by the friar in The Summoner's Tale (III.1894) as

ABC

Edited by Douglas Gray.

in The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

January 2003; p ublished online January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval). 230 words.

one of Chaucer's shorter poems (184 lines, in eight-line stanzas). It is a translation of a prayer to the Virgin

ABC

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval).

One of Chaucer's shorter poems (184 lines, in eight-line stanzas). It is a translation of a prayer to the Virgin (Seinte Marie) in the Pelerinaige de la vie humaine (1331 ...

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The Aberdeen Articles

Anna McHugh.

in Premodern Scotland

June 2017; p ublished online July 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800); Literary Studies (Early and Medieval). 7114 words.

The Aberdeen Articles are the demands of the rebels who eventually killed James III at Sauchieburn in 1488. The document forms the core of the ensuing parliament’s statement about the cause...

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Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales, MS Peniarth 12

William Marx.

in Insular Books

June 2015; p ublished online September 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval). 6996 words.

Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales, MS Peniarth 12 is a predominantly Welsh-language miscellany that also contains texts in Middle English and Latin. On folio 79v is the inscription...

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Abigail

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In 1 Samuel 25, the wife of Nabal and subsequently of David. The name came to signify a waiting‐woman, from the name of the ‘waiting‐gentlewoman’ in The Scornful Lady by ...

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Abigayl

Edited by Douglas Gray.

in The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

January 2003; p ublished online January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval). 78 words.

Abigail, the wife of Nabal in the Old Testament, saved her husband (I Sam. 25:1–35) from the wrath of King

Abject Insanity, Madness Sublime

Sylvia Huot.

in Madness in Medieval French Literature

September 2003; p ublished online January 2010 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval). 12527 words.

This chapter examines the ways that medieval texts negotiate the line distinguishing madness from greatness, which may take the form of heroism or sanctity. The anxiety associated with the...

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The Ablative Absolute Dossier

Edited by Rita Copeland and Ineke Sluiter.

in Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric

May 2012; p ublished online March 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies; Literary Studies (Early and Medieval). 11965 words.

This chapter focuses on the ablative absolute, which offers a particular challenge to Latin grammarians of the late antique period. It considers the three earliest discussions of the...

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Above the Law

Justin Steinberg.

in Dante and the Limits of the Law

October 2013; p ublished online May 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval). 13812 words.

This chapter illustrates how the poet uses his own extraordinary dispensation— the grant to pass through the afterworld alive— to question what it means to be “above” the law. Each time the...

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Abraham

Edited by Douglas Gray.

in The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

January 2003; p ublished online January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval). 55 words.

the Old Testament patriarch whose story is told in Genesis 11:27–25:18. He was traditionally held to be the image of

Absolon

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval).

In the Old Testament, the son of King David (2 Sam. 13–19:8), whose beauty and whose splendid head of hair (2 Sam. 14:26) were famous. In medieval literature he became ...

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Absolon

Edited by Douglas Gray.

in The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

January 2003; p ublished online January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval). 76 words.

in the Old Testament, the son of King David (2 Sam. 13–19:8), whose beauty and whose splendid head of hair

Absolon

Edited by Douglas Gray.

in The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

January 2003; p ublished online January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval). 113 words.

the Oxford parish clerk in The Miller's Tale, the rival of the clerk Nicholas for the affections of Alison.