Acts and Texts: Performance and Ritual in the Middle Ages by Laurie Postlewate, Wim Hsken, Wim Husken

By Laurie Postlewate, Wim Hsken, Wim Husken

For the center a while and Renaissance, that means and gear have been created and propagated via public functionality. Processions, coronations, speeches, trials, and executions are every kind of public functionality that have been either acts and texts: acts that originated within the texts that gave them their ideological grounding; texts that deliver to us this present day a hint in their real functionality. Literature, besides, was once for the pre-modern public one of those functionality: in the course of the medieval and early sleek sessions we see a relentless pressure and negotiation among the oral/aural supply of the literary paintings and the eventual silent/read reception of its written textual content. the present quantity of essays examines the plurality of varieties and meanings given to functionality within the heart a while and Renaissance via dialogue of the basic performance/text courting. The authors of the essays symbolize a number of scholarly disciplines and material: from the "performed" lifetime of the Dominican preacher, to coronation processions, to e-book displays; from satirical tune speeches, to the rendering of widow graphics, to the functionality of romance and pious narrative. assorted of their gadgets of research, the essays during this quantity all study the hyperlinks among the particular occasions of public functionality and the textual origins and next illustration of these performances.

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The Lancastrian Henry VI, with his wife Margaret of Anjou, was fighting a losing battle against the dynastic challenge posed by the Yorkist earl of Warwick and the future Edward IV. The volatility of the political situation is reflected in the fact that only one of the three manuscripts of Knyghthode and Bataile—Pembroke Coll. Cam. ms. 243— contains the opening proem describing the presentation to Henry, as well as a proem to Book 3 celebrating the king’s victory at Ludlow in October 1459. The other two manuscripts—BL Cotton Titus A.

P. 176. 36 The anonymous novice master was certainly aware of William’s Epistola which he cites at page 187. Following established tradition, however, he would have thought the work to have been written by William’s friend, Bernard of Clairvaux. Beyond this particular quotation, however, it is worth noting that in De instructiones de officiis (in Vita Regulari,vol. II, p. 230), Humbert of Romans recommends that all Dominican novice masters have their charges read Epistola, as well as works by, among others, Hugh of St.

27 Depending on the scholarly approach one favours, it is thus possible to read the leap from the crowd reported in Knyghthode and Bataile as completely factual, as fictionalized fact, as complete fiction, or as a subtle form of political propaganda. Abetting the confusion is the issue of the procession itself. If the proem is describing a real event, there are two candidates. 28 If this was the procession described in Knyghthode and Bataile, then Henry would have received only half the translation, since the proem to Book 3 (of four) celebrates the victory at Ludlow and the attainting of the Yorkists at the Coventry Parliament, events that occurred in October and No46 Public-Access Patronage vember 1459.

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