|Author portrait taken from Bodleian Library, Ms. Canon Class Lat. 68|
October 19, 2015: Lucan and the Historians I
Bellum civile books 1 and 2
William of Malmesbury - extracts from Gesta regnum Anglorum
Background reading: Catherine A.M. Clarke, ‘Crossing the Rubicon: History, Authority and Civil War in Twelfth-Century England’ in War and Literature eds. Laura Ashe and Ian Patterson. (London, UK: Boydell and Brewer, 2014). 61-83
November 11: Lucan and the Historians II
Bellum civile book 3 and 4
Walter Bower - extracts from the Scotichonicon
January 21: Lucan and the Historians III
Bellum civile books 5 and 6
Thomas Walsingham - extracts from the Cronica maiora
Background reading: James G. Clark. 'Thomas Walsingham Reconsidered: Books and Learning at Late-Medieval St. Albans.' Speculum (77.3), 2002. 832-860.
Sylvia Federico. 'Two Troy Books: The Political Classicism of Walsingham's Ditis ditatus and Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde.' Studies in the Age of Chaucer (35), 2013. 137-177.
February 18: Lucan and the Schoolrooms
Bellum civile books 7 and 8
Alexander Neckam - A List of Textbooks from Sacerdos ad Altare
Background reading: Copeland, Rita. 'Naming, Knowing, and the Object of Language in Alexander Neckam's Grammar Curriculum'. The Journal of Medieval Latin (20), 2010. 38-57
Woods, Majorie Currie. 'Experiencing the Classics in Medieval Education'. In Rita Copeland, ed. The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature: Vol 1, 800-1558. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. 35-51.
March: Lucan and the Poets
Bellum civile books 9 and 10
Arnulf of Orléans - Gloss on Lucan's Pharsalia (from Minnis et al. Medieval Literary Theory and Criticism c.1100-c.1375)
Dante - selections from the Commedia and Convivio
Winthrop Wetherbee. 'Lucan and Vergil: Judgment and Poetic Authority in Dis' from The Ancient Flame: Dante and the Poets. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2008. 61-96.