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Fresche fontanis

Studies in the Culture of Medieval and Early Modern Scotland

Editor(s): J. Derrick McClure, Janet Hadley Williams
Contributors: Morna Fleming, Dr William Sweet, Elizabeth Elliott, Dr Joanna Martin, Julian Good, Julian Good, Prof. Juanita Feros Ruys,

Book Description

Fresche fontanis contains twenty-five studies presenting major new research by leading scholars in Scottish culture of the late fourteenth and fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries. The three-part collection includes essays on the prominent writers of the period: James I, Robert Henryson, William Dunbar, John Bellenden, David Lyndsay, John Stewart of Baldynneis, William Fowler, Alexander Montgomerie, Andrew Melville and Alexander Craig. There are also essays on the Scottish romances Lancelot of the Laik, Gilbert Hay’s Buik of King Alexander the Conquerour, The Buik of Alexander, Golagros and Gawain, and the comedic Rauf Coilyear, and the Scottish fabliau The Freiris of Berwick. Chronicles of Fordun, Bower, Wyntoun and Bellenden receive fresh attention in essays concerning Margaret of Scotland, and imperial ideas during the reign of James V. Essays on anthologies, family books, and collaborative compilations make another notable group, providing in-depth analysis, with findings not previously reported, of The Book of the Dean of Lismore, the Maitland Quarto manuscript and The Delitiae Poetarum Scotorum. These studies are enlarged by others on key contextualizing topics, including noble and royal literary patronage, early Scottish printing, performance, spectatorship, and translation. Together they make a significant contribution to a full understanding of the continuities and shifts in cultural emphases during this most imaginatively productive period.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-4481-9
ISBN-10: 1-4438-4481-0
Date of Publication: 01/04/2013
Pages / Size: 528 / A5
Price: £59.99


Janet Hadley Williams is Honorary Visiting Fellow in English, School of Cultural Inquiry, Australian National University. Her publications include Sir David Lyndsay: Selected Poems and, with Priscilla Bawcutt, A Companion to Medieval Scottish Poetry.

J. Derrick McClure is Senior Lecturer Emeritus in English, School of Language and Literature, University of Aberdeen. Among his many publications are Why Scots Matters and, with Iseabail Macleod, Scotland in Definition: A History of Scottish Dictionaries.