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Walter of Chatillon: The Shorter Poems: Christmas Hymns, Love Lyrics, and Moral-satirical Verse

ISBN : 9780199297399

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¥21,912
Author: 
David A Traill
Pages
466 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
147 x 217 mm
Pub date
Oct 2013
Series
Oxford Medieval Texts
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Walter of Chatillon was one of the leading Medieval Latin poets, who flourished at the high point of Medieval Latin literature - the later twelfth century. This volume presents the Latin text and facing English translation of Walter's shorter poems, including love poems, satires, and (largely Christmas) hymns. His satirical poems, often written in Goliardic hexameters, of which he was an accomplished master, are fine examples of the form. The allusiveness of his hymns makes them often notoriously difficult, but they provide a fascinating insight into the mindset of the clergy of the time and the prevalence of allegorical interpretation of the Bible. This volume provides an outline of the author's life, and adds a further fifteen poems to the previously accepted canon of fifty-two poems which appear in earlier editions of Walter of Chatillon's poetry. The introduction discusses the attribution of the additional poems, Walter's use of rhythmical and metrical verse in these poems, the relevant

Index: 

INTRODUCTION

I. THE AUTHOR

II. THE POEMS IN THIS COLLECTION
The St Omer collection
Strecker's moral-satirical collection
Wilmart's attributions
Arundel collection
Other attributions
Arrangement of the poems

III. METRE
IV. MANUSCRIPTS
V. RECURRING THEMES
Feast of Fools
Auaritia and largitas

VI. ON TEXTS AND TRANSLATIONS

VII. INTRODUCTORY NOTES TO INDIVIDUAL POEMS
LIST OF SIGLA
TEXTS AND TRANSLATIONS
1: The St Omer Collection: poems 1-33
2: Poems from various sources: poems 34-67

APPENDICES
1: A and B (two medleys)
2: Textual Notes

CONCORDANCES

About the author: 

Born and raised in Scotland, David A. Traill received his M.A. in Classics from St Andrews in 1964 and, after teaching for a year at McGill University, Montreal, went on to study for a Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. He taught at the University of California, Davis, from 1970 till his retirement in 2012. He is perhaps best known for his biography Schliemann of Troy: Treasure and Deceit (1995) and his role in bringing Schliemann's archaeological reporting into question.

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