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An Introduction to Medieval Scots Literature: Origins to 1513

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Many students of Middle English literature are lured north of the border by a brilliant Older Scots text only to find themselves lost without a map: Older Scots may be no harder to read than some of its sibling dialects of Middle English, but medieval Scots literature -- like medieval Scotland itself before James VI of Scotland became James I of the United Kingdom -- is another country. There are excellent multi-authored collections of essays on Older Scots literature, as well as individual chapters on it within larger histories of Scottish or medieval English literature, but this will be the very first single-authored, volume-length survey of medieval Scots literature as it existed alongside Scottish Gaelic and Latin literary traditions. It maps out the cultural and critical contexts for Older Scots literature in the period before the seismic shift of the Protestant Reformation of 1560. Late-medieval Scottish literary culture is brought to life through discussion of its texts and authors, scribes and printers, readers, patrons, collectors, and the society that this whole so vividly reflects.


Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGainesville
PublisherUniversity Press of Florida
Publication statusIn preparation - 2021

Publication series

NameNew Perspectives on Medieval Literature: Authors and Traditions
PublisherUniversity Press of Florida

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