Medieval

John Hardyng, Chronicle: Edited from the British Library MS Lansdowne 204
James Simpson

(2015) One of a handful of texts from the last years of Henry VI’s reign, John Hardyng’s first Chronicle, written in 18,782 lines of verse and seven folios of prose, offers a compelling insight into the tastes, hopes, and anxieties of a late fifteenth century gentleman who witnessed — and often participated in — the key events that defined his era.

The Writings Of Julian Of Norwich: A Vision Showed To A Devout Woman And A Revelation Of Love (Brepols Medieval Women)
Nicholas Watson and Jacqueline Jenkins

(2005). Julian of Norwich (c. 1343-c. 1416) is the earliest woman writer of English we know about and is now widely recognized as one of the great speculative theologians of the Middle Ages. This book presents a new edition of her writings in Middle English, one that makes possible the serious study of her thought not just for students and scholars of Middle English but for those with little or no previous experience with the language.

Old English Literature: A Short Introduction
Daniel Donoghue

(2004). This innovative and intriguing introduction to Old English literature is structured around what the author calls ‘figures’ from Anglo-Saxon culture: the Vow, the Hall, the Miracle, the Pulpit, and the Scholar.

Lady Godiva: A Literary History of the Legend
Daniel Donoghue

(2002). This book investigates who Lady Godiva was, how the story of her naked horseback ride through Coventry arose, and how the whole Godiva legend has evolved from the thirteenth century through to the present day.

Cultural Reformations: Medieval and Renaissance in Literary History
Brian Cummings, James Simpson

(2010). The deepest periodic division in English literary history has been between the Medieval and the Early Modern. Both periods are starting to look different in dialogue with each other, but the change underway has yet to find collected voices behind it. Cultural Reformations aims to provide those voices.

Morton W. Bloomfield Lectures: 1989-2005
Daniel Donoghue, James Simpson, Nicholas Watson, eds.

(2009). The idea for the Bloomfield Lectures was . . . [to] reflect to some extent Morton Bloomfield’s own wide and varied interests – in literature, in the history of philosophy, in language studies, in Judaic studies. The contents of the present volume show to what extent the lectures reflect this range; doubtless those lectures to come will reflect even more of the areas of study that Morton pursued.

Under the Hammer: Iconoclasm in the Anglo-American Tradition
James Simpson

(2011). When we think of breaking images, we assume that it happens somewhere else. We tend to look with horror on iconoclasm. This book argues instead that iconoclasm is a central strand of Anglo-American modernity. Our horror at the destruction of art derives in part from the fact that we too did, and still do, that. This is most obviously true of England’s iconoclastic century between 1538 and 1643.