MEDIEVAL LATIN LITERARY RELATIONS             

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175. CHAUCER LIBRARY.

A series of publications intended to present texts that Chaucer knew in the form in which he probably knew them. Three volumes have been published so far: Robert E. Lewis, ed., De miseria conditionis, by Lotario dei Segni (Pope Innocent III) (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1978); Sigmund Eisner, Jr., ed., The Kalendarium of Nicholas of Lynn, trans. by Gary MacEoin and Sigmund Eisner (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1980); Siegfried Wenzel, ed., Summa virtutem de remediis anime (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1984). In preparation are: Alchemical Treatises, ed. by E.H. Duncan and John Reidy; "Book of Wikked Wives," ed. by R.A. Pratt, Ralph Hanna III, and Traugott Lawler; St. Jerome, "Epistola Adversus Jovinium," ed. by John P. Brennan, Jr.; Nicholas Trevet, "Les Cronicles," ed. by William G. Provost; Boccaccio, "Il Teseida," ed. by William E. and Edvige A. Coleman; Fray Juan Garcia de Castrojeriz, "Regimento de Principes," ed. by Martha S. Waller; "Summa de viciis abbreviata," ed. by Siegfried Wenzel; Marie de France, Pierre de St. Cloud, and le Clerc de Troyes, Cock and Fox Episodes, ed. Margaret E. Winters.

176. DRONKE, PETER, and MANN, JILL. "Chaucer and the Medieval Latin Poets." In Geoffrey Chaucer. Edited by Derek Brewer. Writers and their Background. London: G. Bell & Sons, 1974. Reprint. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1976, pp. 154-83.

Part A (by Dronke) surveys Chaucer's use of Latin cosmological poetry (Bernard Silvestris, Alain de Lille), Trojan poetry (Joseph of Exeter, Frigii Daretis Ylias), and poetic rhetoric (Geoffrey of Vinsauf). Part B (by Mann) demonstrates how Latin satirical tradition (Goliards, Speculum Stultorum, Walter of Chatillon) influenced Chaucer's satiric technique in Wife of Bath's Prologue by using orthodox arguments and rhetoric in contexts where they support unorthodox thought.

177. FLEMING, JOHN V. "Gospel Asceticism: Some Chaucerian Images of Perfection." In Chaucer and the Scriptural Tradition. Edited by David Lyle Jeffrey. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 1984, pp. 183-95.

Argues for the pervasive influence of the literature of ascetic ideals on Chaucer's characterizations, citing the impact of works by, respectively, William of Saint- Amour, Bonaventure, Peter Damian and Jerome on details of the portraits of the Summoner, Pardoner, Monk, and Absolon of Miller's Tale.

178. PRATT, ROBERT A. "Chaucer and the Hand That Fed Him." Speculum 41 (1966):619-42.

Demonstrates Chaucer's use of a preacher's manual like John of Wales's Communiloquium sive summa collationem as a source for sententia and exempla in Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale, Summoner's Tale, Pardoner's Tale and elsewhere, comparing passages from Chaucer, John, and their progenitors to show how Chaucer's text follows John's more closely than the originals, even when the Ellesmere manuscript glosses cite the originials. Chaucer used the friarly text to help characterize his insincere preachers, expecting his audience to recognize the nature of the materials.

See also: 140, 144-45, 151, 182, 229, 252, 338, 403, 751, 846.

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