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John Anthony Burrow, Thorlac Turville-Petre
A Book of Middle English
Third Edition

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This revised edition takes account of suggestions and comments from reviewers and from those who have used the first edition all over the world. The main features of the second edition are the inclusion of etymologies in the glossary and the edition of three complete texts by Chaucer: The Parliament of Fowls, The Reeve's Tale and The Prioress's Tale. Part One has been revised to cover English at the time of Chaucer, and suggestions for further reading have been updated throughout the book.

  • List of Illustrations
  • Preface to the Second Edition
  • Abbreviations
Part I:
  • Introducing Middle English
  • Pronouncing Middle English
  • Vocabulary
  • Inflexions
  • Syntax
  • Metre
  • From Manuscript to Printed Text
  • Select Bibliography
Part II: Note on Treatment of Texts
  • The Peterborough Chronicle
  • The Owl and the Nightingale
  • Layamon´s Brut
  • Ancrene Wisse
  • Sir Orfeo
  • The Cloud of Unknowing
  • William Langland: Piers Plowman
  • Patience
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • St Erkenwald
  • John Trevisa: Dialogue between a Lord and a Clerk
  • John Gower: Confession Amantis
  • Lyrics
  • The York Play of the Crucifixion
  • Geoffrey Chaucer: The Parliament of Fowls
  • Geoffrey Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales
  • Textual Notes
  • Glossary
  • Index

This book is a companion to Mitchell and Robinson's Guide to 01dEnglish. It contains representative pieces of English writing from the period c1150-c1400. We have included examples of romance, battle poetry, chronicle, biblical narrative, debate, dialogue, dream vision, religious and mystical prose, miracle story, fabliau, lyric poetry and drama. Although the choice of pieces has been determined by literary considerations, the general introduction concentrates on matters of language. We have attempted, in this introduction, to give readers only such information about the language as we consider essential for the proper understanding and appreciation of the texts. Since these texts exhibit many varieties of Middle English, from different periods and regions, our account is inevitably selective and somewhat simplified. For further reading on the language, and also on the history and literature of the period, the reader is referred to the Bibliography.
The headnote to each text provides a brief introduction, together with a short reading list. Annotations and Glossary are both quite full; but, for reasons of space, explanations given in notes at the foot of the page are not duplicated in the Glossary.
The new edition has been revised throughout, and includes as texts 15 and 16 a selection of poems by Chaucer. As a consequence, the Glossary has been considerably expanded, and furthermore we now provide brief etymologies there.

Blackwell Publishers, 2005, 374 S.
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