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Testament of love [electronic resource] /
Thomas Usk ; edited by Gary W. Shawver ; based on the edition of John F. Leyerle.
imprint
Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, c2002.
description
xii, 354 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0802054714 (acid-free paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, c2002.
isbn
0802054714 (acid-free paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
language note
Text in Middle English; introduction and commentary in English.
catalogue key
10529235
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [309]-320) and index.
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
While it has been many years since Walter Skeat's edition of the text, there has been much recent scholarly activity in this area. Gary Shawver's critical edition of Testament is based on John F. Leyerle's, and reflects modern knowledge of the period.
Description for Reader
Thomas Usk, a contemporary of Chaucer, was a figure of political and literary importance who became involved in the tempestuous politics of late fourteenth-century London. In 1384 he took part in John Northampton's agitations against the mayor of London and was imprisoned. While in custody, he had an apparent conversion experience and wrote a detailed accusation against Northampton and his followers. Shortly thereafter, while still in custody, he wrote The Testament of Love, which contains an allegorical apologia for his change of heart, a meditation on the fickle nature of worldly fortune and an exploration of the relationship between grace and free will. Usk was eventually freed and briefly enjoyed the favour of King Richard II. However, he was arrested along with others of Richard's party in December 1388 by order of the Lords Appellant. After a one-day trial, the Merciless Parliament convicted him of treason on 4 March 1388 and he was executed on the same day. Thomas Usk's Testament of Love is an interesting document that presents many challenges to the reader. While it has been over a hundred years since Walter Skeat's edition of the text, there has been much recent scholarly activity in this area. Gary Shawver's critical edition of Testament is based on John F. Leyerle's work on the text, and reflects modern knowledge of the period, as well as containing new insights into the source of Usk's material. As Usk's work survives in only one witness, namely Thynne's 1532 print edition, The Workes of Geffray Chaucer, Professor Shawver provides a text that is as faithful as possible to this witness in a form that modern readers and scholars of Chaucer's works can understand.
Description for Reader
Thomas Usk, a contemporary of Chaucer, was a figure of political and literary importance who became involved in the tempestuous politics of late fourteenth-century London. In 1384 he took part in John Northampton's agitations against the mayor of London and was imprisoned. While in custody, he had an apparent conversion experience and wrote a detailed accusation against Northampton and his followers. Shortly thereafter, while still in custody, he wrote The Testament of Love, which contains an allegorical apologia for his change of heart, a meditation on the fickle nature of worldly fortune and an exploration of the relationship between grace and free will. Usk was eventually freed and briefly enjoyed the favour of King Richard II. However, he was arrested along with others of Richard's party in December 1388 by order of the Lords Appellant. After a one-day trial, the Merciless Parliament convicted him of treason on 4 March 1388 and he was executed on the same day.Thomas Usk's Testament of Love is an interesting document that presents many challenges to the reader. While it has been over a hundred years since Walter Skeat's edition of the text, there has been much recent scholarly activity in this area. Gary Shawver's critical edition of Testament is based on John F. Leyerle's work on the text, and reflects modern knowledge of the period, as well as containing new insights into the source of Usk's material. As Usk's work survives in only one witness, namely Thynne's 1532 print edition, The Workes of Geffray Chaucer, Professor Shawver provides a text that is as faithful as possible to this witness in a form that modern readers and scholars of Chaucer's works can understand.
Table of Contents
Foreword
Preface
Introduction
The Text, the Acrostic, and the Authorp. 3
The Life of Thomas Uskp. 7
The Date of the Testament of Lovep. 24
The Sources of the Testament of Lovep. 26
Some Notes on Significancep. 34
Notes to the Introductionp. 37
Testament of Love, Book Ip. 45
Testament of Love, Book IIp. 80
Testament of Love, Book IIIp. 126
Appendixp. 197
Abbreviationsp. 207
Commentary: Book Ip. 210
Commentary: Book IIp. 244
Commentary: Book IIIp. 276
Textual Apparatusp. 299
Works Citedp. 309
Index and Glossaryp. 321
Index of Proper Namesp. 351
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