compilation; late medieval culture; devotion; vernacular theology; religious literary activity
Cré Marleen (2016), ‘“Ȝe han desired to knowe in comfort of ȝoure soule”: Female Agency in The Chastising of God’s Children’, in Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures
, 42(2), 164-180.
Cré Marleen (2014), ‘The Mirror of Simple Souls in Middle English Revisited: The Translator and The Compiler’, in Field Sean L, Lerner Robert, Piron Sylvain (ed.), Vrin, Paris, 249-262.
Cré Marleen (with Raphaela Rohrhofer), ‘An Introduction to Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Don. e. 247’, in Journal of the English Book Society
Renevey Denis, ‘Desyrable is thi Name’: Fashioning the Name of Jesus in Some Devotional Compilations, in Cré Marleen Denissen Diana, Renevey Denis (eds) (ed.), Brepols, Turnhout.
Cré Marleen, ‘Miscellaneity, Compiling Strategies and the Transmission of The Chastising of God’s Children and The Holy Boke Gratia Dei’, in Corbellini S., Murano G., Signore G. (ed.), Brepols, Turnhout.
Cré Marleen, Denissen Diana, Renevey Denis (eds), ‘This tretice, by me compiled’: Late Medieval Devotional Compilations in England
, Brepols, Turnhout.
Cré Marleen, A Pystille Made to a Cristene Frende: A Translation of Walter Hilton’s Epistola ad Quemdam Seculo Renunciare Volentem in a Northern Anthology, in Auer Anita, Renevey Denis, Marshall Camille, Oudesluijs Tino (ed.), University of Wales Press, Cardiff.
Cré Marleen, Compilers’ Voices in Cambridge, University Library MS Ii. 6. 40, in Cré Marleen Denissen Diana, Renevey Denis (eds) (ed.), Brepols, Turnhout.
Denissen Diana, Emotional Response in A Talkyng of the Love of God and The Tretyse of, in Flannery Mary (ed.), Brepols, Turnhout.
Denissen Diana, Form and Fluidity: Reshaping The Pore Caitif and Contemplations of the Dread and Love of God in Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 423 and Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 938, in Cré Marleen, Denissen Diana, Renevey Denis (ed.), Brepols, Turnhout.
Renevey Denis, Northern Spirituality Travels South: The Case of Richard Rolle’s Oleum Effusum, in Auer Anita, Renevey Denis, Marshall Camille, Oudesluijs Tino (ed.), University of Wales Press, Cardiff.
Denissen Diana, The Anchoress Transformed: On wel swuðe god ureisun of God almihti and þe wohunge of ure lauerd in the Fourteenth-Century A Talkyng of the Love of God, in Herbert-McAvoy Liz, Gunn Cate (ed.), Boydell and Brewer, Cambridge.
As attested by Chaucer’s narrator in The Canterbury Tales, compilatio is a popular literary activity in the field of medieval literature. A compilation consists of a series of texts or extracts of texts that have been put together to constitute a new single and unified text. However clear this definition may be in theory, the manuscript evidence shows that in practice several categories (anthology, compilation, miscellany, etc.) may be called upon to define the particular form of a succession of texts in their manuscript context. The project limits itself to a study of devotional compilations, i.e. works that invite readers to develop a personal relationship with the divine at a fairly advanced level. It aims to understand and explicate late medieval religiosity by an investigation of devotional compilations that translated, adapted, and eventually compiled older texts to satisfy and/or to generate changes in religious sensibility. It aims therefore to assess religious sensibilities that marked the religious and intellectual landscape of England in the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries.This revised project takes into consideration the comments from the FNS experts and the advice given by Professor Vincent Gillespie, from the University of Oxford. It limits its focus on the choices of the compiler in a series of devotional compilations from the mid-fourteenth century and up to the fifteenth century. These compilations are significant literary and theological productions providing evidence of the lively religiosity of this period. The Chastising of God’s Children, Of Actyf Lyfe and Contemplatyf Declaration and Via ad Contemplationem, The Holy Boke Gratia Dei, Of the Knowledge of Ourselves and of God, The Pore Caitif and The Tretyse of Loue are some of the compilations this project seeks to investigate. They are extant in a large number of manuscripts that will receive detailed attention as to the information they provide with regard to the choices of the compilier, the intended audience and the readership of the manuscript, as well as possible lay or religious patronage.Compilation activity requires several choices based on a complex set of paradigms, such as availability of material, economic means, patronage and reading trends, among others. On the basis of these multiple paradigms, the compiler needs to reach several decisions for the making of his compilation. The choice of a base text, as well as the changes (slight cuts, stylistic modifications,etc.), major cuts or additions, form part of the choices of the compiler. A systematic analysis of these activities over a certain number of compilations will provide evidence for the establishment of particular trends in the making of these compilations. These trends will yield information as to the particular religiosity that marked the late-fourteenth- and early fifteenth centuries.