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Fifteen Medieval Latin Parodies - (Toronto Medieval Latin Texts) (Paperback)

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"The fifteen medieval Latin parodies edited in this volume are among the liveliest from a lively age of satire and literary mischief. That medieval clerical life was often high-spirited and entertaining was a secret the official Church was not eager to reveal. Thus, apart from a few exceptions, such as the drinking songs of the Carmina Burana (famously and anachronistically revived by Carl Orff), the medieval Latin of religion and the schools is rarely regarded as a repository of madcap humour. Instead it typically gives the impression of a medium of sombre and utilitarian literature, the dryness relieved by occasional flights of sophisticated love poetry. As the lingua franca of the medieval world, and above all of the medieval Church, Latin can certainly lay claim to innumerable works that prize worthiness above entertainment value. But the examples of clerical and scholarly merrymaking edited in this book--representatives of a widespread tradition--are testimony that the educated were just as fond of revelry as their more secular and plebeian contemporaries."--
Number of Pages: 122 pages ;
Genre: History, Foreign Language Study, Humor
Sub-Genre: Europe, Latin, Form
Series Title: Toronto Medieval Latin Texts
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Utp Distribution
Book theme: Parodies, Medieval
Language: English
Street Date: March 5, 2018
TCIN: 52770941
UPC: 9780888444851
Item Number (DPCI): 248-47-9434
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