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Kalamazoo Book Intake Part 3

Friday, May 24, 2019 - 09:00

This is the first of at least two shipments from Boydell & Brewer. (One book was pre-ordered and the other is brand new and may not have been in the warehouse yet when these were shipped.)

Sylvester, Louise M., Mark C. Chambers and Gale R. Owen-Crocker. 2014. Medieval Dress and Textiles in Britain: A Multilingual Sourcebook. The Boydell Press, Woodbridge. ISBN 978-1-84383-932-3

  • I'm honestly not sure why I didn't buy this when it was brand new. It's the sort of thing I usually buy reflexively. Maybe I was overspent that year? An anthology of English source texts containing clothing references and descriptions, running up through th 15th century. Far from exhaustive, of course, but representing a wide variety of genres.

Blud, Victoria. 2017. The Unspeakable, Gender and Sexuality in Medieval Literature 1000-1400. D.S. Brewer, Cambridge. ISBN 978-1-84384-468-6

  • Something of a "high concept" study on the intersection of gender/sex and language, but one entire chapter is devoted to "the unspeakable sin" (i.e., sodomy) including how women fit into that category, so I picked this up for the LHMP.

Sims-Williams, Patrick. 2019. The Book of Llandaf as a Historical Source. The Boydell Press, Woodbridge. ISBN 978-1-78327-418-5

  • The Book of Llandaf is a collection of documents assembled in the 12th century at Llandaf in Wales, in support of that religious center's claims to various rights and jurisdictions. My personal interest in the work has focused on two distinct elements: personal names recorded in charters and similar documents, and the use of the Welsh language in describing land boundaries in those same charters. While the Welsh text is not particularly varied in scope and nature, it contains a great many prepositional phrases (as the boundaries are phrased as a path being followed), which--given the topic of my PhD dissertation--was useful data on vernacular usage at a relatively early date. As my active project list drifts further and further away from Welsh topics, I've been finding it easier to refrain from buying Welsh-related books reflexively. But the Book of Llandaf will ever be dear to my heart.
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