Four Courts Press 
New Catalogue
Summer 2006
65/55/$65 hbk

Manuscripts and ghosts: essays on the transmission of medieval literature in England


This collection of essays which concentrates mainly on the late medieval period in England, explores how manuscript books were made, who made them, who owned them, and how they passed from one owner to another.

The subjects of these essays include, amongst other things, studies of an Anglo-Saxon riddle on the destruction of manuscripts, Chaucer's famous poem on 'Adam' his own scribe, a Lollard Bible owned by a succession of religious dissidents, two manuscripts of the Middle English Brut chronicle, and Trinity College Dublin MS 160, one of the most authoritative collections of early Tudor poetry.

John Scattergood is professor of medieval and Renaissance English, Trinity College Dublin.

240pp ills Summer 2006

Also by John Scattergood: The lost tradition: essays on Middle English alliterative poetry
'...Scattergood's deep learning and practised stylistic governance guarantee the strength and pleasure of the book. Almost all of these essays ... are major contributions. This collection represents the work of a scholar of great authority who continues to publish work of commanding depth and breadth', James Simpson, Review of English Studies, 53: 209 (2002).