Topic: The Medieval Animal literature essay

Texts to choose from

1- Chaucer’s Parliament of Fowls (in the Riverside Chaucer), and Marie de France’s Laüstic and the Prologue to her Lais in Modern English Translation

2- Marie de France ‘Prologue’, ‘‘The Mouse and the Frog’, ‘The Monkey King’, ‘The Peasant and the Beetle’, and ‘The Monkey and her Baby’ all in Marie de France, Fables, ed. and trans. Harriet Spiegel (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1987) (In Moodle).

Have a look at a manuscript of Marie de France’s Fables, from the end of the thirteenth century, with beautiful illuminations: https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b55003999w/f523.item

and Robert Henryson, ‘Prologue’, ‘The Cock and the Jasp’, and ‘The Lion and the Mouse’, lines 1321-1621 in his MorallFabillis. These are available free online here: https://d.lib.rochester.edu/teams/text/kindrick-poems-of-robert-henryson-morall-fabillis

Seamus Heaney’s translation of Robert Henryson’s ‘Lion and the Mouse’ (in Moodle).

3-Essential reading:

Riddles 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 15, 24, 38, 42, 47, 72, 76, 84
Wulf and Eadwacer

You can either find these here:



Or in two of the books on the reading list for this module in the year 2-4 handbook:

Bradley, S. A. J., Anglo-Saxon Poetry (London: Everyman 1995)

Crossley-Holland, Kevin, The Exeter Book Riddles (London: Enitharmon Press, 2008)


4- Essential reading:

Riddles 12, 21, 26, 27, 60
The Dream of the Rood

You can either find these here:



Or in two of the books on the reading list for this module in the year 2-4 handbook:

Bradley, S. A. J., Anglo-Saxon Poetry (London: Everyman 1995)

Crossley-Holland, Kevin, The Exeter Book Riddles (London: Enitharmon Press, 2008)


5- Primary reading:

ChevelereAssigne (digitized in Moodle)

and Sir Gowther – available here:

https://d.lib.rochester.edu/teams/text/laskaya-and-salisbury-middle-english-breton-lays-sir-gowther

6-Essential Reading:

• Charters of Christ, we will look at the ‘short’ Charter online (introduction at http://d.lib.rochester.edu/teams/text/shuffelton-codex-ashmole-61-short-charter-ofchrist-introduction  ; text at http://d.lib.rochester.edu/teams/text/shuffelton-codexashmole-61-short-charter-of-christ ). Some key excerpts from the ‘long’ Charter of Christ will be available on Moodle. Take a look also at the layout of one version of the Charter found on f. 23r of British Library, MS Additional 37049 (go to http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/Viewer.aspx?ref=add_ms_37049_fs001r and use the drop down menu on the right to get to f. 23r)

Sarah Kay, ‘Legible Skins: Animals and the Ethics of Medieval Reading’, postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies 2.1 (2011): 13-32 (below in Moodle)

7- Beowulf (lines 1-2199)

You can either find this here:

https://anglosaxonpoetry.camden.rutgers.edu/beowulf/

Or in this book on the reading list for this module in the year 2-4 handbook:

Bradley, S. A. J., Anglo-Saxon Poetry (London: Everyman 1995)

8-  Beowulf(lines 2200-3182)

You can either find this here:

https://anglosaxonpoetry.camden.rutgers.edu/beowulf/

Or in this book on the reading list for this module in the year 2-4 handbook:

Bradley, S. A. J., Anglo-Saxon Poetry (London: Everyman 1995)
- The Saga of the Volsungs (pp. 30-34)
http://vsnrweb-publications.org.uk/Volsunga%20saga.pdf
- The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki

9- Gawain Poet, Patience, please read the whole poem in translation (available in the document below, from p. 71) and fit II in Middle English (also available below).

Book of Jonah, please read the whole book (it’s quite short) in a Modern English translation of the Latin Bible that medieval people would have read. It is available here: https://sacred-texts.com/bib/dou/jon.htm

Look through these two online bestiaries and try to get a sense of what they are:

http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/bestiary/
https://www.abdn.ac.uk/bestiary/

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