Richard Rolle: On Lamentations

BookRichard Rolle: On Lamentations

Richard Rolle: On Lamentations

A Critical Edition with Translation and Commentary

Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies

2020

June 30th, 2020

£75.00

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This volume presents the first study, critical edition, and translation of one of the earliest works by Richard Rolle (c. 1300-1349), a hermit and mystic whose works were widely read in England and on the European continent into the early modern period. Rolle’s explication of the Old Testament Book of Lamentations gives us a glimpse of how the biblical commentary tradition informed what would become his signature mystical, doctrinal, and reformist preoccupations throughout his career. Rolle’s English and explicitly mystical writings have been widely accessible for decades. Recent attention has turned again to his Latin commentaries, many of which have never been critically edited or thoroughly studied. This attention promises to give us a fuller sense of Rolle’s intellectual, devotional, and reformist development, and of the interplay between his Latin and English writings.
Richard Rolle: On Lamentations places Rolle’s early commentary within a tradition of explication of the Lamentations of Jeremiah and in the context of his own career. The edition collates all known witnesses to the text, from Dublin, Oxford, Prague, and Cologne. A source apparatus as well as textual and explanatory notes accompany the edition.

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Michael Van Dussen is Associate Professor in the Department of English at McGill University. He specializes in the study of late medieval religious controversy and communication in a manuscript culture, with emphasis on England and Central Europe. He has received awards for distinguished research and teaching at McGill University. His publications include: From England to Bohemia: Heresy and Communication in the Later Middle Ages (Cambridge University Press, 2012); The Medieval Manuscript Book: Cultural Approaches (with Michael Johnston) (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and Europe After Wyclif (with J. Patrick Hornbeck II) (Fordham University Press, 2017).