Varia

Medieval Institute Publications at Western Michigan University publishes the TEAMS Varia series for TEAMS: Teaching Association for Medieval Studies.

Series introduction

As part of Medieval Institute Publications' partnership with the Teaching Association for Medieval Studies, the Varia series is designed to be used by both scholars and instructors. It provides a home for texts and critical works that do not fit neatly into the other TEAMS series, which cover such topics as late medieval English or German vernacular literature, historical documents and religious or secular commentaries. We especially welcome proposals for editions and translations of eclectic or understudied sources that merit a wider audience.

Series editorial board

Proposals or completed manuscripts to be considered for publication by Medieval Institute Publications should be sent to Tyler Cloherty, acquisitions editor for the series, and the series editor, Nancy Bradley Warren, Texas A&M University.

The series' Editorial Board comprises:

  • Nancy Bradley Warren, Texas A&M University, Series Editor

Publications

The Legend of Theophilus, by Gautier de Coinci

Edited and translated by Jerry Root

The legend of Theophilus is the most famous medieval miracle story.  A good man gives in to Vain Glory, sells his soul to the Devil, has a terrible crisis of conscience, and is saved by the Virgin. The story is translated into all European languages and appears in stained glass and sculpture of the most famous churches. Gautier de Coinci’s long and colorful version of the legend opens a door that allows students to see the medieval period’s greatest fears and highest hopes.

ISBN 978-1-58044-532-0 (paperback), 978-1-58044-533-7  (hardback), 978-1-58044-534-4  (PDF) © 2022

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Cover image of Blandin de Cornoalha, A Comic Occitan Romance: A New Critical Edition and Translation: a medieval manuscript illustration of two knights on horsebackBlandin de Cornoalha, A Comic Occitan Romance: A New Critical Edition and Translation

Edited by Wendy Pfeffer, translated by Margaret Burrell and Wendy Pfeffer

The volume makes available for the first time in English an edition of the medieval romance and parody "Blandin de Cornoalha," accompanied by a translation and introduction to the work. Composed in the second half of the fourteenth century by an anonymous author, the story offers an early recording of the Sleeping Beauty folktale, incorporated into the adventures of two knights.

ISBN 978-1-58044-523-8 (paperback), 978-1-58044-524-5 (hardback), 978-1-58044-525-2  (PDF) © 2022

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Cover image of Anthony Munday: The Honourable, Pleasant, and Rare Conceited Historie of PalmendosAnthony Munday, The Honourable, Pleasant, and Rare Conceited Historie of Palmendos: A Critical Edition

Edited by Leticia Álvarez-Recio

This is the first critical edition of The Honourable, Pleasant and Rare Conceited Historie of Palmendos, a sixteenth-century chivalric romance translated into English by Anthony Munday.

ISBN 978-1-58044-481-1 (paperback), 978-1-58044-482-8 (hardback), 978-1-58044-483-5  (PDF) © 2022

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Cover image of Guy of Saint-Denis, Tractatus de tonis: an image from a manuscript of a monk preaching to a group of kneeling monks, with the title in dark blue below on a light blue background.

Guy of Saint-Denis, Tractatus de tonis

Edited and translated by Constant J. Mews, Carol J. Williams, John N. Crossley, and Catherine Jeffreys

The Tractatus de tonis of Guy of Saint-Denis differs from other treatises on plainchant in the depth of its analysis of the various tones into which chant was traditionally classified. The treatise is preserved as the concluding item in an anthology of texts about plainchant that Guy compiled (now London, British Library, MS Harley 281), beginning with some writings of Guido of Arezzo and a Cistercian tonary, but also including the Ars musice of Johannes de Grocheio and the Tractatus de tonis of Petrus de Cruce.

ISBN 978-1-58044-299-2 (hardback), 978-1-58044-254-1 (paperback), 978-1-58044-255-8 (PDF) © 2017

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Cover image of Aribo, "De musica" and "Sententiae": a religious illustration from a manuscript depicting three robed figures standing in stone archways.

Aribo, "De musica" and "Sententiae"

Edited and translated by T. J. H. McCarthy

Music was central to the medieval church's public worship: it was the essential medium of the Mass and the Divine office. In this new critical edition, T. J. H. McCarthy presents the Latin text and the first English translation of Aribo's musical treatise, "De musica," and his "Sententiae."

ISBN 978-1-58044-196-4 (paperback) © 2015

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Cover image of Johannes de Grocheio, Ars musice: the title in blue on a yellow background

Johannes de Grocheio, Ars musice

Johannes de Grocheio
Edited and translated by Constant J. Mews, John N. Crossley, Catherine Jeffreys, Leigh McKinnon and Carol J. Williams

"Ars musice," composed in Paris during the late thirteenth century, reflects Johannes de Grocheio's awareness of the complexity of the task of describing music.

ISBN 978-1-58044-164-3 (hardback), 978-1-58044-165-0 (paperback) © 2011

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Cover image of The Liturgy of the Medieval Church, Second Edition: a carving of the Crucifixion below the title in white on a dark green background

The Liturgy of the Medieval Church, Second Edition

Edited by Thomas J. Heffernan and E. Ann Matter

This volume seeks to address the needs of teachers and advanced students who are preparing classes on the Middle Ages or who find themselves confounded in their studies by reference to the various liturgies that were fundamental to the lives of medieval peoples.

ISBN 1-58044-091-6 (paperback) © 2005

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Studies in the Harley Manuscript: The Scribes, Contents, and Social Contexts of British Library MS Harley 2253: The title on a white label on top of a black background

Studies in the Harley Manuscript: The Scribes, Contents, and Social Contexts of British Library MS Harley 2253

Edited by Susanna Fein

This book is the first comprehensive examination of a manuscript that is of supreme value to literary scholars of medieval English literature.

ISBN 1-58044-060-6 (hardback), 1-58044-061-4 (paperback) © 2000

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Cover image of The Study of Chivalry: Resources and Approaches: An image from the Bayeaux Tapestry of soldiers on horses, with the title in blue below on a white background.

The Study of Chivalry: Resources and Approaches

Edited by Howell Chickering and Thomas H. Seiler

In a series of essays readers will find information about modern scholarship on the subject of chivalry and various suggestions for ways to teach some familiar and unfamiliar chivalric materials.

ISBN 0-918720-93-1 (hardback), 0-918720-94-X (paperback) © 1988

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