Medieval Literature in Translation

Finished anthology comprises beautiful cross-section of Western medieval literature, from Boethius and Augustine to Dante, Abelard, Marco Polo, and Villon, masterfully translated via Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Charles Eliot Norton, C. okay. Scott Moncrieff, Lord Tennyson, Sir Walter Scott, Thomas Carlyle, Matthew Arnold, Lord Byron, others. "No larger anthology exists." — Commonweal

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Reception and Response: An Overview It was, of course, these same hegemonic discourses, so ripe for disruption by contemporary feminist theorists, which coloured the reception of the unique manuscript of The Book of Margery Kempe following its discovery in the library of Colonel William Butler-Bowdon in 1934. Until its re-emergence, the writing of Margery Kempe had only been extant in two printed editions, forming what was ostensibly an instructional handbook for devotional purposes. 62 As a consequence, in this version the uncompromising and insistent voice of Margery Kempe is almost entirely silenced.

Xxiii, for an analysis of the scribe and his handwriting. Edmund G. Gardner, The Cell of Self-Knowledge (London, 1925), Introduction, pp. xx–xxi. See David Knowles, The English Mystic Tradition (London, 1961): ‘[Neither] in depth of perception or wisdom of spiritual doctrine, nor as a personality can she challenge comparison with Julian of Norwich’, p. 139. See also Wolfgang Riehle, Middle English Mystics (London, 1981), pp. 27– 31, 96, 102–3, 112 and 116; Robert K. Stone, Middle English Prose Style (The Hague and Paris, 1970), pp.

Qxd 4/27/04 5:04 PM Page 35 MOTHERHOOD AND MARGERY be wracked periodically by sexual temptation, even as she approaches her old age,23 an aspect of the Book which will be examined in more depth in the third chapter of this volume. 25 In this instance, however, Margery never reveals to her readers the specific nature of this sin, suggesting it is too painfully fundamental to be uncovered. Summoning her ‘gostly fadyr’ to hear what she assumes is her final confession before death, she is on the brink of confessing when the nature of the sin – or else, her articulation of it – brings a too hasty rebuke from him, confirming to Margery her inherent wickedness and fall from grace.

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