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Ovid's Art and the Wife of Bath
The Ethics of Erotic Violence
Marilynn Desmond
Ovid's Art and the Wife of Bath examines how Ovid's Ars amatoria shaped the erotic discourses of the medieval West. The Ars amatoria circulated in medieval France and England as an authoritative treatise on desire; consequently, the sexualities of the...



The Growth of the Medieval Icelandic Sagas (1180–1280)
Theodore M. Andersson
Andersson introduces readers to the development of the Icelandic sagas between 1180 and 1280, a crucial period that witnessed a gradual shift of emphasis from tales of adventure and personal distinction to the analysis of politics and history.



An Anatomy of Trade in Medieval Writing
Value, Consent, and Community
Lianna Farber
Economics, in our modern sense of the term, was not a discipline in the Middle Ages, although the history of economic thought is often written as though it were. Lianna Farber restores the core economic concept of trade to its medieval contexts...



Celestina
An Annotated Edition of the First Dutch Translation (Antwerp, 1550)
The first edition of Celestina, the Spanish classic attributed to Fernando de Rojas, appeared in 1499 and was followed by an expanded version in 1502. The work underwent numerous reprintings during the sixteenth century and was soon translated into...



The Saga of Olaf Tryggvason
Oddr Snorrason
Oddr Snorrason, a Benedictine monk in northern Iceland in the late twelfth century, composed a landmark Latin biography of the legendary Norwegian king Olaf Tryggvason (died 1000 A.D.).



Green Desire
Imagining Early Modern English Gardens
Rebecca W. Bushnell
For Rebecca Bushnell, English gardening books tell a fascinating tale of the human love for plants and our will to make them do as we wish. These books powerfully evoke the desires of gardeners: they show us gardeners who, like poets, imagine not just...



The Medieval Theater of Cruelty
Rhetoric, Memory, Violence
Jody Enders
Why did medieval dramatists weave so many scenes of torture into their plays? Exploring the cultural connections among rhetoric, law, drama, literary creation, and violence, Jody Enders addresses an issue that has long troubled students of the Middle...



Literature and Nation in the Sixteenth Century
Inventing Renaissance France
Timothy Hampton
Assessing the relationship between the emergence of modern French literary culture and the ideological debates that marked Renaissance France, Timothy Hampton explores the role of literary form in shaping national identity. The foundational texts of...



Petrus Vladeraccus
Tobias (1598)
Michiel Verweij, Petrus Vladeraccus



Morkinskinna
The Earliest Icelandic Chronicle of the Norwegian Kings (1030–1157)
Morkinskinna ("rotten parchment"), the first full-length chronicle of the kings of medieval Norway (1030-1157), forms the basis of the Icelandic chronicle tradition. Based ultimately on an original from ca. 1220, the single defective manuscript was...



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