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The Mirroure of the Worlde

The Mirroure of the Worlde: A Middle English Translation of the Miroir de Monde

Robert R. Raymo
Elaine E. Whitaker
with the assistance of Ruth E. Sternglantz
Copyright Date: 2003
Pages: 654
  • Book Info
    The Mirroure of the Worlde
    Book Description:

    Makes available for the first time the unique text in the fifteenth-century British manuscript, MS. Bodley 283, which is among the last and largest works in the tradition of lay religious instruction mandated by the Fourth Lateran Council.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-2102-2
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. vii-viii)
    R.R.R. and E.E.W.
  4. Abbreviations and Sigla
    (pp. ix-2)
  5. Introduction
    (pp. 3-42)

    The Mirroure of the Worldesurvives uniquely in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Bodley 283 (S. C. 2338), a large, well-preserved volume of 186 leaves, collating i + A-I²⁰ K⁴ + i.¹ The leaves are mainly royal folio paper measuring 406 by 284 millimeters and bearing a watermark nearly identical to Piccard 163, a winged griffin rampant localized in Friuli in 1463.² The outer and middle leaves of each quire are parchment. Parchment bifolia also precede and follow the text, with one leaf attached to the binding and the other serving as an endleaf. The late seventeenth-century foliation runs faultily...

    (pp. 43-382)

    [f. 1]Si vis ad vitam ingredi serua mandata.Mathei xix. Men seye communly: Whoso seeth wel and lerneth eville o good right he moste repente. And this it is that Salamon seithe in a booke that we calle Ecclesiasticus:Ante hom-inem vita et mors, bonum et malum; quod placuerit ei dabitur illi.That is to seye that bothe man and woman hatthe before theime dethe and lif, good and eville; the whiche that pleseth theym shalle be sovyn to theym. For 3if theye doo wel, that is to seye, if theye doo good dedys, theye shalle haue the liff...

  7. Textual Notes
    (pp. 383-394)
  8. Explanatory Notes
    (pp. 395-506)
  9. Glossary
    (pp. 507-606)
  10. Bibliography
    (pp. 607-638)
  11. Index of Names
    (pp. 639-644)