Reading Late Medieval Devotional Compilations in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries

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This essay argues that Middle English devotional compilations continued to find an audience in the sixteenth century, despite the increasingly archaic nature of the language in which they were written, and significant changes in the practice of religion. It analyses the reception of the 'Pore Caitif' and 'Contemplations of the Dread and Love of God', focussing on inscriptions and marginal annotations made by early readers. Attention is confined to those manuscripts in which both texts were copied together, in either full or extracted forms. The impact of print technology on both texts is also considered
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLate Medieval Devotional Compilations in England
EditorsMarleen Cré, Diana Denissen, Denis Renevey
Place of PublicationTurnhout
PublisherBrepols Publishers
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9782503574783
ISBN (Print)9782503574776
Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2020

Publication series

NameMedieval Church Studies
ISSN (Print)1378-868X
ISSN (Electronic)2294-8449


  • Manuscript
  • medieval
  • Fifteenth century
  • sixteenth century
  • Middle English literature
  • devotional
  • religious
  • reading
  • annotation


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