Renevey Denis

Renevey Denis

Contact Curriculum Teaching Publications

Teaching given to the UNIL

Current teaching

2017-> Critical Approaches... Séminaire
2017-> Environmental Crisis and Societal Change: Discourse, Effects, Solution.... Cours-Séminaire
2016-> Workshop. Discovery: Medieval English... Travaux pratiques
2016-> Workshop. Discovery: Medieval English... Travaux pratiques
2015-> Research Methodologies... Séminaire
2013-> Lecture. Discovery: Medieval English... Cours
2019->2020 Encounter : Chaucerian Romance: 'The Knight's Tale' and Troilus and Criseyde'... Séminaire
2019->2020 Exploration : Obscenity in Middle English Literature... Séminaire
2019->2020 Exploration : Women's Words, Women's Voices... Séminaire
2019->2020 Gawain on Location: Medieval Literature in the British North West and the Alps... Séminaire
2019->2020 Histoire du livre et édition critique des textes - cours général... Cours-TP (travaux pratiques)
2019->2020 The Robin Hood Legend... Séminaire
2018->2019 Encounter : From King's Lynn to India via the Holy Land: John Mandeville and Margery Kempe as Travel Writers... Séminaire
2018->2019 Encounter : The Lady, the Saint, and the Hermit: Romance and Hagiography in Late Medieval Literature... Séminaire
2018->2019 Exploration : Female Voices, Female Words in Medieval English Literature... Séminaire
2018->2019 Exploration : Violence and Love in Arthurian Literature: Marloy's Morte Darthur and the Antecedent Arthurian Tradition in England... Séminaire
2018->2019 Furs, Claws, Hide, Bark: Non-human Life Forms in Old and Middle English Literature... Séminaire
2018->2019 Histoire du livre et édition critique des textes - cours général... Cours-TP (travaux pratiques)
2017->2018 Beowulf's Noble Deeds ? A Parallel Reading of Beowulf and John Garnder's Grendel (written 1971)... Séminaire
2017->2018 Encounter : 'Arthur and his Knights : Arthurian Literature in Medieval England'... Séminaire
2017->2018 Exploration : Chaucer's Fallible Narrators... Séminaire
2017->2018 Histoire du livre et édition critique des textes - cours général... Cours-TP (travaux pratiques)
2017->2018 Medieval Birds and Dialogic Exchange... Séminaire
2015->2018 Exploration : Ennobling Love : Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Pearl... Séminaire

Former teaching

2016->2017 ENCOUNTER: Chaucer's Women... Séminaire
2016->2017 ENCOUNTER: Violence in Medieval English Literature... Séminaire
2016->2017 Exploration : Social Chaucer... Séminaire
2016->2017 Global Warming and Societal Change: Discourse, Effects, Solutions... Cours-Séminaire
2016->2017 Histoire du livre et édition critique des textes - cours général... Cours-TP (travaux pratiques)
2016->2017 Prison Literature in Medieval England... Séminaire
2016->2017 Sacred and Profane Bodies in Medieval English Literature... Séminaire
2013->2017 Introduction aux approches critiques... Cours
2015->2016 Écrire en anglais, écrire en français: Charles d'Orléans et John Gower/Exchanging Tongues: Bilingualism in the Poetry of Gower and Charles d'Orléans... Cours-Séminaire
2015->2016 ENCOUNTER: Heresy and Orthodoxy in late Medieval England : The Book of MArgery Kempe and the Lollards... Séminaire
2015->2016 ENCOUNTER: Medicine and health in medieval English literature and society... Séminaire
2015->2016 Exploration : Poets and their audience in Anglo-Saxon England... Séminaire
2015->2016 Histoire du livre et édition critique des textes - cours général... Cours-TP (travaux pratiques)
2013->2016 Workshop. Discovery: Medieval English... Travaux pratiques
2013->2016 Workshop. Discovery: Medieval English... Travaux pratiques
2013->2016 Workshop. Discovery: Medieval English... Travaux pratiques
2013->2016 Workshop. Discovery: Medieval English... Travaux pratiques
2013->2016 Workshop. Discovery: Medieval English... Travaux pratiques
2013->2016 Workshop. Discovery: Medieval English... Travaux pratiques
2014->2015 Atelier I : Vies de saint(e)s, compilations dévotionnelles et piété affective dans l'Europe médiévale (1215-1538)... Cours
2014->2015 ENCOUNTER: 'Chaucer and Film' ... Séminaire
2014->2015 ENCOUNTER: And Yet so Human: Animals in Medieval English Literature... Séminaire
2014->2015 Exploration : Medieval English Theatre... Séminaire
2014->2015 Histoire du livre et édition critique des textes - cours général... Cours-TP (travaux pratiques)
2014->2015 The Vikings... Séminaire
2014->2015 Writing, Disease and Altered States... Séminaire
2013->2015 Exploration : Comic Chaucer and the English Fabliau... Séminaire
2013->2015 Exploration : Heroes, Battles and Feuds in Old English Heroic Literature... Séminaire
2013->2014 Exploration : Medieval English Theatre... Séminaire
2013->2014 Power, Violence and Desire in Middle English Romance... Cours
2013->2014 The Legendary Origins of Medieval Britain... Séminaire
2012->2014 Edition critique d'un texte médiéval anglais (Old and Middle English)(Histoire du livre et édition critique des textes)... Travaux pratiques
2012->2013 Battle of the Sexes: Heroic Women in a Male World - Women and Female Voices in Old English Literature... Cours
2012->2013 English Literature Survey : semestre d'automne : 'Origins to 1485'. Semestre de printemps : '1485-1785'... Cours
2012->2013 Exploring Emotion and Affect : Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde... Cours
2012->2013 Exploring Emotion in Late Medieval English Literature... Cours
2012->2013 Introduction aux approches critiques... Cours
2012->2013 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature I (IMLL I) / Lecture... Cours
2012->2013 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature I (IMLL I) Workshops... Travaux pratiques
2012->2013 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature I (IMLL I) Workshops... Travaux pratiques
2012->2013 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature I (IMLL I) Workshops... Travaux pratiques
2012->2013 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature II (IMLL II) / Lecture... Cours
2012->2013 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature II (IMLL II) Workshops... Travaux pratiques
2012->2013 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature II (IMLL II) Workshops... Travaux pratiques
2012->2013 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature II (IMLL II) Workshops... Travaux pratiques
2012->2013 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature II (IMLL II) Workshops... Travaux pratiques
2012->2013 Medieval English : Women's Writing in Middle English... Cours
2012->2013 Medieval English Theatre : Context and Performance ... Séminaire
2011->2013 English Film Club... Travaux pratiques
2011->2012 Cours public du CEMEP: Voyager au Moyen Age (Communication et culture du Moyen-Age à l'aube des temps modernes)... Cours
2011->2012 Edition critique d'un texte médiéval anglais (Old and Middle English)(Histoire du livre et édition critique des textes)... Travaux pratiques
2011->2012 English Literature Survey : semestre d'automne : 'Origins to 1485'. Semestre de printemps : '1485-1785'... Cours
2011->2012 Etudes anglaises: conférences... Cours
2011->2012 Introduction aux approches critiques... Cours
2011->2012 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature I (IMLL I) / Lecture... Cours
2011->2012 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature I (IMLL I) / Workshops... Travaux pratiques
2011->2012 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature I (IMLL I) / Workshops... Travaux pratiques
2011->2012 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature I (IMLL I) / Workshops... Travaux pratiques
2011->2012 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature II (IMLL II) / Lecture... Cours
2011->2012 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature II (IMLL II) / Workshops... Travaux pratiques
2011->2012 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature II (IMLL II) / Workshops... Travaux pratiques
2011->2012 Medieval English : Beowulf and Popular Culture... Cours
2011->2012 Medieval English : Chaucer's Women... Séminaire
2011->2012 Medieval English : Fifteenth-Century Dream Vision Poetry... Cours
2011->2012 Medieval Literature : Violence in Medieval English Literature... Cours
2010->2011 Colloque du CEMEP : Actualiser le passé "Les figures antiques au Moyen Age" (Communication et culture du Moyen-Âge à l'aube des temps modernes)... Colloque
2010->2011 Cours général : Actualiser le passé "l'Antiquité entre Moyen Age et modernité" (Communication et culture du Moyen-Age à l'aube des temps modernes)... Cours
2010->2011 Edition critique d'un texte médiéval anglais (Old and Middle English) (Histoire du livre et édition critique des textes)... Travaux pratiques
2010->2011 English Literature Survey : semestre d'automne : "Origins to 1485". Semestre de printemps : 1485-1785... Cours
2010->2011 Etudes anglaises: conférences... Cours
2010->2011 Introduction aux approches critiques... Cours
2010->2011 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature (IMLL) I / Lecture... Cours
2010->2011 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature (IMLL) II / Lecture... Cours
2010->2011 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature I (IMLL I) Workshops ... Travaux pratiques
2010->2011 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature I (IMLL I) Workshops ... Travaux pratiques
2010->2011 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature I (IMLL I) Workshops ... Travaux pratiques
2010->2011 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature II (IMLL II) Workshops... Travaux pratiques
2010->2011 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature II (IMLL II) Workshops... Travaux pratiques
2010->2011 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature II (IMLL II) Workshops... Travaux pratiques
2010->2011 Medieval English : Holy Harlots in Medieval England: Gender and the Body... Séminaire
2010->2011 Medieval English : Writing, Disease and Altered States... Cours
2010->2011 Medieval English : Writing and Disease: Chaucer, Henrysson and Hoccleve... Cours
2010->2011 Medieval literature : Wars and Wonders: from Medieval Chronicle to Romance... Séminaire
2009->2010 And Yet so Human: Animals in Medieval English Literature ... Cours
2009->2010 Chaucer's Shorter Poems and the Tradition of Medieval French Courtly Verse ... Séminaire
2009->2010 Edition critique d'un texte médiéval anglais (Old and Middle English)... Travaux pratiques
2009->2010 English Composition... Travaux pratiques
2009->2010 English Composition... Travaux pratiques
2009->2010 English Composition... Travaux pratiques
2009->2010 English Literature Survey : semestre d'automne : "Origins to 1485". Semestre de printemps : "1485-1785" ... Cours
2009->2010 Introduction aux approches critiques... Cours
2009->2010 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature (IMLL) I / Lecture... Cours
2009->2010 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature (IMLL) II / Lecture... Cours
2009->2010 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature I (IMLL I) Workshops ... Travaux pratiques
2009->2010 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature II (IMLL II) Workshops... Travaux pratiques
2009->2010 La transmission des savoirs, du Moyen-Âge à l'aube des temps modernes... Cours
2009->2010 Medieval: Charles d'Orléans, le prisonnier d'Azincourt: poète français, poète anglais ... Séminaire
2009->2010 Medieval: Julian of Norwich's A Revelation of Love in the Context of English Medieval Mysticism... Séminaire
2009->2010 Travail préliminaire de recherche encadré (communication et culture)... Travaux pratiques
2008->2010 Participation active à un colloque (communication et culture du Moyen-Âge ...)... Colloque
2008->2009 Beowulf and Popular Culture (linguistics and medieval literature) ... Séminaire
2008->2009 Edition critique d'un texte médiéval anglais (Old and Middle English)... Travaux pratiques
2008->2009 Introduction aux approches critiques... Cours
2008->2009 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature (IMLL) I / Lecture... Cours
2008->2009 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature (IMLL) II / Lecture... Cours
2008->2009 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature I (IMLL I) Workshops ... Travaux pratiques
2008->2009 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature II (IMLL II) Workshops... Travaux pratiques
2008->2009 La transmission des savoirs, du Moyen-Âge à l'aube des temps modernes... Cours
2008->2009 Medieval: The Structure of the Canterbury Tales... Séminaire
2008->2009 Travail préliminaire de recherche encadré (communication et culture)... Travaux pratiques
2007->2008 Heresy and Orthodoxy in Late Medieval England : John Wycliff, the Lollards, and The Book of Margery Kempe... Cours
2007->2008 Introduction aux approches critiques... Cours
2007->2008 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature (IMLL) I... Cours
2007->2008 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature (IMLL) II... Cours
2007->2008 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature I (IMLL I) Workshops ... Travaux pratiques
2007->2008 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature II (IMLL II) Workshops... Travaux pratiques
2007->2008 Seminar: Exiles and Wanderers in Anglo-Saxon England: the Old English Elegies and Beowulf... Séminaire
2007->2008 Seminar: Medieval English Romance... Cours-Séminaire
2007->2008 Seminar: Painting the Word: Medieval and Early Modern Devotion... Séminaire
2006->2007 Chaucer and Film... Séminaire
2006->2007 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature (IMLL) I... Cours
2006->2007 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature (IMLL) II... Cours
2006->2007 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature I (IMLL I) Workshops ... Travaux pratiques
2006->2007 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature II (IMLL II) Workshops... Travaux pratiques
2006->2007 Lecture/Seminar: Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde ... Cours
2006->2007 Lecture/seminar: Women's Writing in Middle English ... Cours-Séminaire
2006->2007 Seminar: Fifteenth-Century Dream Vision Poetry ... Séminaire
2005->2006 Chaucer's Dream Poetry... Séminaire
2005->2006 Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature I ... Cours-Séminaire
2005->2006 Medieval and Early Modern Theatre... Cours-Séminaire
2005->2006 Medieval Literature (Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature II)... Séminaire
2005->2006 Medieval Literature (Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature II)... Séminaire
2005->2006 Pearl and Cleaness... Séminaire

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Publications

2013
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Falconer, Rachel, and Denis Renevey, eds. Medieval and Early Modern Literature, Science and Medicine. Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature 28. Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 2013.

This inter-disciplinary volume investigates the contiguities and connections that existed between poetic and scientific ways of knowing in the medieval and early modern periods. The aesthetic aspects of medical texts are analysed, alongside the medical expertise articulated in literary texts. Substantial common ground is discovered in the devotional, medical, and literary discourses pertaining to health and disease in these two periods. Medieval and early modern theatres are shown to have staged matter pertaining to contemporary science, provoking and challenging scientific claims to authority, as well as political ones. Finally, the volume demonstrates how certain branches of learning, for example, marine navigation and time-measurement, were represented as forms of both art and science.

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2010
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Christiania Whitehead, Denis Renevey and Anne Mouron, eds. The Doctrine of the Hert. A critical edition with introduction and commentary. Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2010.

This volume makes readily available for the first time a critical edition of The Doctrine of the Hert, the fifteenth-century English translation of De doctrina cordis, a thirteenth-century Latin devotional treatise addressed to nuns.

A religious bestseller, the Doctrina circulated throughout Europe between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries and was translated into six different languages. The Doctrina progressively pairs the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit with seven key actions of the heart, leading readers toward contemplative unity with God.

Despite its medieval popularity, the Doctrina has largely escaped the attention of scholars until recently. Exeter’s edition offers a full textual commentary, while its introduction not only examines current thinking upon the Doctrina’s authorship and envisaged primary audience, but also takes advantage of recent scholarly breakthroughs in the understanding of late medieval female spirituality.

ISBN: 9780859897785

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Renevey, Denis and Christiania Whitehead, eds. A Companion to The Doctrine of the Hert. Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2010.

The Doctrine of the Hert was the fifteenth-century English translation of De doctrina cordis, the thirteenth-century Latin devotional treatise addressed to nuns. The text progressively pairs the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit with seven key actions of the heart, leading readers toward contemplative unity with God. The text was a religious bestseller. It circulated widely throughout Europe between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries and was translated into numerous vernacular versions.

This book consists of ten essays from an international group of scholars of medieval religion discussing the Middle English text alongside its Latin forebear, and other European vernacular translations (French, German, Spanish and Middle Dutch).

Despite its medieval popularity, The Doctrine of the Hert has largely escaped the attention of scholars until recently. Yet it has much to offer regarding our understanding of late medieval female spirituality. University of Exeter Press’s new edition (published June 2009) opens up the field by providing access to the text, and this companion further establishes scholarship on this text.

ISBN: 9780859898218

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Renevey, Denis and Naoe Kukita Yoshikawa,  eds. The Politics of Late Medieval English Devotional and Medical Discourse. Tokyo: Yushodo Press Co., Ltd., (Poetica, 72), 2010.

ISBN: 9784841905328

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2009
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Renevey, Denis and Christiania Whitehead, eds. Lost in Translation? The Medieval Translator. Traduire au Moyen Age. Turnhout: Brepols, 2009.

The contributions to this volume are organised in a way that bear out the vitality of translation activity in the medieval period and the resourcefulness of modern scholarship in addressing the phenomenon of translation at large. No other period relies so heavily on this literary process to construct its cultural identity. Translations from Latin into the vernacular, or from one vernacular into another, or even from a vernacular into the Latin language, are just a few of the many forms medieval translation can take. The codification of the translation process as appropriation, transformation, or accommodation does not sufficiently emphasize the overarching curiosity and interest that motivates any translation activity. Rather, preceding the stages of appropriation and re-interpretation, it is positive inquisitiveness and openness towards linguistic and cultural difference that generate the production of a new text and the transference of culture from one sphere to another. Translation practice creates a dialogic exchange between cultures, it recognises difference and diversity, both linguistic and cultural, yet it also shapes its new product for the use of an audience or readership that is concurrently aware of the reciprocal need to participate in that exchange, in order to improve its own culture. It is that positive inquisitiveness which this volume emphasizes.

The volume initially addresses the way in which translators dealt with texts from the early medieval period. It then considers the phenomenon of bilingualism and the privileged relationship that England held with the continent, especially the Italian and French literary traditions. The third part of this volume tackles the problem of fifteenth-century religious translation in England and, to a lesser extent, France, and complicates it by showing its inevitable political implications. Understood more particularly as an act of cultural transfer, translation activity can also be considered beyond the linguistic process. The fourth part of the volume deals with several instances of translations from one genre into another, and from one media into another. The contributions to this volume provide some answers to conundrums in the theory and practice of translation encountered during the medieval period. They also point to new ways of considering this literary process, and by praising diversity and difference, they suggest a less traumatic way of reading Babel than is usually implied.

ISBN: 9782503531397

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Ghose, Indira and Denis Renevey, eds. The Construction of Textual Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Literature. SPELL 22. Tübingen: Gunterr Narr Verlag, 2009.

This volume sets out to bridge the gap between medieval andearly modern literary studies. It contains a selection of essaysby both distinguished experts and young scholars in eitherfield, and marks the foundation of the Swiss Association of Medieval and Early Modern English Studies. The contributions address the crucial issue of how texts engage with othert exts. They do so in a variety of ways, focusing on pretexts,paratexts, and marginalia. What emerges is an insight into the way texts shape identity – be it that of the author, the readership, or the texts themselves.

ISBN: 9783823365204

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2008
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Caie, Graham D. and Denis Renevey, eds. Medieval Texts in Context. London and New York: Routledge, 2008.

This collection of essays by leading experts in manuscript studies sheds new light on ways to approach medieval texts in their manuscript context. Each contribution provides groundbreaking insight into the field of medieval textual culture, demonstrating the various interconnections between medieval material and literary traditions. The contributors’ work aids reconstruction of the period’s writing practices, as contextual factors surrounding the texts provide clues to the ‘manuscript experience’. Topics such as scribal practice and textual providence, glosses, rubrics, page lay-out, and even page ruling, are addressed in a manner illustrative and suggestive of textual practice of the time, while the volume further considers the interface between the manuscript and early textual communities. Looking at medieval inventories of books no longer extant, and addressing questions such as ownership, reading practices and textual production, Medieval Texts in Context addresses the fundamental interpretative issue of how scribe-editors worked with an eye to their intended audience. An understanding of the world inhabited by the scribal community is made use of to illuminate the rationale behind the manufacture of devotional texts. The combination of approaches to the medieval vernacular manuscript presented in this volume is unique, marking a major, innovative contribution to manuscript studies.

ISBN: 9780415360258

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2001
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Renevey, Denis. Language, Self and Love: Hermeneutics in the Writings of Richard Rolle and the Commentaries on the Song of Songs. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2001.

Language, Self and Love offers a unique insight into the development of the language of interiority in the medieval literature inspired by the Song of Songs and its commentaries. It traces the evolution of a medieval identity in the process of self-fashioning and, in showing the importance of mystical writing for understanding medieval subjectivity, suggests that the ‘self’ is not the early modern invention it is often claimed to be.

Denis Renevey discusses the correspondences between the discourse of love in the Song of Songs and the language of mysticism in the writings of William of St Thierry and Richard Rolle, where the self is described in its attempts at establishing a direct relationship with God. He also shows how the textual strategies offered in mystical writing for the use of female recipients engage with questions of misogyny and the relationship between Latin and vernacular cultures.

Language, Self and Love will be an essential text for all those concerned with questions of subjectivity, mysticism and spirituality in the late medieval period. It offers new perspectives on both mystical commentaries and the language of interiority as it is interpreted after Augustine.

ISBN: 9780708316962

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2000
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Renevey, Denis and Christiania Whitehead, eds. Writing Religious Women: Female Spiritual and Textual Practices in Late Medieval England. Cardiff: University of Wales Press; Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000.

Recent critical work upon medieval theological and devotional writings has identified a substantial body of work which can usefully be termed ‘vernacular theology’. Writing Religious Women: Female Spiritual and Textual Practices in Late-Medieval England addresses the question of female spirituality within this tradition by looking at devotional texts in which women play a significant role, either as authors, recipients, or subjects, and suggests that these texts participate in the expression of ‘female vernacular theology’.
The volume is organized around four main thematic interests: the influence of anchoritic spirituality upon later lay piety; Carthusian links with female spirituality; the representation of femininity in vernacular religious poetry; and the anchoritic, hagiographical and liturgical influences which underlie the textual representation of Margery Kempe. Writing Religious Women provides critical access to several little-known texts which form interesting connections with Carthusian spirituality; it also resituates better-known texts within the context of vernacular textual practice and production from which they have often been detached. This ground-breaking book is a sustained exploration of a fascinating period of cultural and religious history and contributes to the opening-up of a comparatively neglected area of medieval devotional practice.

ISBN: 9780802084033

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