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Hanna, Ralph

Works: 97 works in 324 publications in 4 languages and 8,898 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry  History  Manuscripts  Arthurian romances  Catalogs  Sources  Humor  Biography  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Honoree, Thesis advisor, Creator
Classifications: PR1119, 821.1
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Most widely held works by Ralph Hanna
Jankyn's book of wikked wyves by Traugott Lawler( )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

London literature, 1300-1380 by Ralph Hanna( )

18 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 1,132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"English literary culture in the fourteenth century was vibrant and expanding. Its focus, however, was still strongly local, not national. This study examines the literary production from the capital before, during, and after the time of the Black Death. In this major contribution to the field, Ralph Hanna charts the development and the generic and linguistic features particular to London writing. He uncovers the interactions between texts and authors across a range of languages and genres: not just Middle English, but Anglo-Norman and Latin; not just romance, but also law, history and biblical commentary. Hanna emphasises the uneasy boundaries legal thought and discourse shared with historical and 'romance' thinking, and shows how the technique of romance, Latin writing associated with administrative culture, and biblical interests underwrote the great pre-Chaucerian London poem, William Langland's Piers Plowman."--Jacket
The English medieval book : studies in memory of Jeremy Griffiths by A. S. G Edwards( )

12 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 637 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The siege of Jerusalem( Book )

12 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The historical romance of The Siege of Jerusalem was the most widely dispersed and popular Middle English alliterative poem in the medieval period apart from Piers Plowman. It was previously edited for the Society by Eugen Kolbing and Mabel Day (O.S. 188 (1932)). This new edition offers a critical text based upon all the surviving manuscripts, some unavailable to Kolbing and Day. All extant manuscripts are fully described, and the editors discuss the sources and authorship, as well as the editorial methods best suited for presenting this text, which survives in many copies."--Jacket
Speculum vitae : a reading edition by William( Book )

26 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Speculum vitae is the hitherto unedited translation into Middle English verse of Lorens d'Orlean's profoundly influential pastoral treatise, 'Somme le roi'. ... This edition is based on a collation of the five early manuscripts, all Yorkshire productions ... The Introduction contains a full discussion of the manuscripts, authorship, dialect and date, with an account of both its source and other works which it has influenced."
Pursuing history : Middle English manuscripts and their texts by Ralph Hanna( Book )

8 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume argues through a series of selected local studies, for the importance of "textual criticism" as a fundamental act of historical interpretation and recovery, pointing out the need for attention to the physical bearers of our knowledge of the English Middle Ages, the books themselves, and the ignored and alienating features of manuscript culture. The book begins with three essays that seek to problematize medieval book production, to show the procedure as more a fluid and emergent than a foreplanned process. The following two essays provide theoretical statements about the textual uses of manuscripts
The awntyrs off Arthure at the terne Wathelyn : an edition based on Bodleian Library ms Douce 324 by Ralph Hanna( Book )

23 editions published between 1967 and 1974 in 3 languages and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Editing medieval texts : an introduction, using exemplary materials derived from Richard Rolle, 'Super Canticum' 4 by Ralph Hanna( )

8 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book draws on a lengthy experience of teaching graduates how to approach medieval books. It leads the reader through the stages of the editorial process, using part of Richard Rolle's Commentary on the Song of Songs as the working exemplar.In the humane sciences, the need for texts is ubiquitous; they provide the regular objects of study. But far less prevalent than editions is any discussion of the premises underlying these objects, or the mechanisms by which they have been constructed. This volume takes up both challenges. First, in a preliminary chapter, it discusses what is at stake in any edition one might read; the persistent argument is that these represent products of modern scholarly decision-making, the imposition of various kinds of unity on the extremely diverse evidence medieval books offer for any literary work. This chapter also explains broadly various options for the presentation of texts - and the difficulties inherent in them all. The remainder of the volume is given over to a step-by-step guide to the process of editing (and eventually to a finished presentation of) a heretofore unpublished medieval text. The discussion seeks to exemplify the decisions editors routinely face, and to suggest ways of addressing them
Richard Rolle : uncollected prose and verse, with related northern texts by Richard Rolle( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume presents a variety of mainly unpublished texts relating to the Yorkshire hermit, Richard Rolle. It contains a number of texts certainly by Rolle, but omitted from O.S. 293, Richard Rolle: Prose and Verse, ed. S.J. Ogilvie-Thomson (1988), including a new edition of Rolle's English lyrics, based upon a critical examination of all known manuscript witnesses. Three previously unpublished texts are included here because they were ascribed to Rolle in the Middle Ages. There are good grounds for considering one, a commentary on the lessons from the Office of the Dead, to be authentic Rolle, and Hanna argues that the second, 'Of thre wyrkyngs in mans saul' is probably so. The edition concludes with three unpublished Northern texts which, though anonymous, are devoted to the eremitical life."--Jacket
Richard Morris's Prick of conscience : a corrected and amplified reading text by Richard Rolle( Book )

10 editions published in 2013 in English and English, Middle and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This mid fourteenth-century poem, a discussion of the 'contempt of the world' and the 'Four Last Things,' was one of the most popular Middle English texts in its time, as indicated by the large number of extant copies, and illustrations of it in the windows of All Saints, North Street, in York. It was a widely influential compendium of religious instruction, originating in Yorkshire, but more widely disseminated, and thus representing this important regional culture, as well as its absorption into a nationwide religious culture. The only edition, by Richard Morris (1863), is now generally unavailable outside research libraries. The present edition revises Morris's text extensively and offers full modern annotation, including extensive discussion of the poem's sources. Morris's text, although based on an exceptionally good manuscript copy, has been fully collated with the principal early manuscripts; this information is presented in a separate textual commentary. There is an introduction presenting the poem in its context, and a glossary"--
Jankyn's book of wikked wyves( Book )

in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The three medieval texts that make up Jankyn's Book of Wikked Wyves have formed a vital part of Chaucerian research for more than half a century. Integrated here for the first time, these texts now form a cornerstone volume of the Chaucer Library series. In volume 1 of Jankyn s Book of Wikked Wyves (Georgia, 1997), Ralph Hanna and Traugott Lawler presented authoritative versions of three medieval texts invoked by Jankyn (fifth husband of the Wife of Bath) in The Canterbury Tales. In Jankyn s Book, volume 2, Lawler and Hanna revisit one of those texts by way of presenting all the known contemporary commentaries on it. The text is Walter Map s Dissuasio Valerii, that is, The Letter of Valerius to His Friend Ruffinus, Dissuading Him from Marrying. Included in Jankyn s Book, volume 2, are seven commentaries on Dissuasio Valerii, edited from all known manuscripts and presented in their Latin text with English translation on the facing page. Each commentary opens with a headnote. Variants are reported at the bottom of the translation pages, and full explanatory notes appear after the texts, along with a bibliography and index of sources. In their introduction, Lawler and Hanna discuss what is known about the authors of the commentaries. Four are unknown, although one of these is almost certainly a Dominican. Of the three known authors, two are Dominicans (Eneas of Siena and the brilliant Englishman Nicholas Trivet), and one is Franciscan (John Ridewall). In addition, the editors discuss the likely readerships of the commentaries the four humanist texts, which explicate Map s witty and allusive Latin and which were for use in school, and the three moralizing texts, which mount eloquent defenses of women and which were for use mainly by the clergy. While Lawler and Hanna s immediate aim is to give readers of Chaucer the fullest possible background for understanding his satire on antifeminism in The Wife of Bath s Prologue, the Dissuasio Valerii commentaries extend significantly our understanding of medieval attitudes, in general, toward women and marriage. -- Publisher
Introducing English medieval book history : manuscripts, their producers and their readers by Ralph Hanna( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book offers an introduction to medieval English book-history through a sequence of exemplary analyses of commonplace book-historical problems. Rather than focus on bibliographical particulars, the volume considers a variety of ways in which scholars use manuscripts to discuss book culture, and it provides a wide-ranging introductory bibliography to aid in the study. All the essays try to suggest how the study of surviving medieval books might be useful in considering medieval literary culture more generally. Subjects covered include authorship, genre, discontinuous production, scribal individuality and community, the history of libraries and the history of book provenance."--Back cover
The Penn commentary on Piers Plowman( Book )

in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Penn commentary on piers plowman, volume 2 by Ralph Hanna( )

8 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Penn Commentary on Piers Plowman, Volume 2, by Ralph Hanna, deliberately addresses the question of the poem's perceived "difficulty," by indicating the legitimate areas of unresolved dilemmas, while offering often original explanations of a variety of textual loci
A handlist of manuscripts containing Middle English prose in the Henry E. Huntington Library by Ralph Hanna( Book )

3 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer's Canterbury tales : a working facsimile by Geoffrey Chaucer( Book )

8 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and English, Middle and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Langland by Ralph Hanna( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The knightly tale of Golagros and Gawane( Book )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and English, Middle and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Knightly Tale of Golagros and Gawane, the finest of all Older Scots romances, was written during the last quarter of the fifteenth century. It was one of the earliest works published by Scotland's first printers, Chepman and Myllar, on 8 April 1508. It uses the thirteen-line alliterative multi-rhymed stanza to vivid effect. Its greatest sophistication, however, lies in its thematic engagement with matters of sovereignty and chivalry, in its persistent interest in negotiated exchanges rather than outright warfare, and in its moving depictions of the limitations of an aristocratic ethos fundamentally dedicated to destructive violence. The introduction and notes to this new edition of the poem show how the Golagros poet works from two Arthurian adventures he derived from the prose continuations to Chretien de Troyes' Perceval, following a Scottish tradition of rehandling prose material into verse. It also reveals, however, the poem's extensive knowledge of an earlier romance likely composed on the borders of north-western England, The Awntyrs of Arthur at the Tarn Wadling, and thus situates Golagros against traditions both French and English." "The text is re-edited from the sole witness, the Chepman and Myllar print, and the introduction also supplies valuable new commentary on early print culture in Scotland. Extensive notes and a full concordance-glossary are also supplied. This is likely to become the standard edition of the poem"--Jacket
A descriptive catalogue of the western medieval manuscripts of St. John's College, Oxford by Ralph Hanna( Book )

10 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This catalogue will replace the monumental work of Henry O. Coxe (1852). It publicizes and chronicles one of the half-dozen largest collegiate collections of medieval manuscripts in Oxford. These impressive books are a testimony to the activity of Presidents (notably Laud and Buckeridge) and Fellows in the first seventy-five years of the college's existence." "The collection is very diverse, including mid-twelfth-century monastic books, very early books, notably 'the Thorney Computus' (MS 17, copied 1110), and a pre-Conquest grammatical text, part in Anglo-Saxon. Other treasures include a Hebrew Pentateuch, many books of great value for the history of medieval English painting, and a small collection of books in Middle English."--BOOK JACKET
Smaller Bodleian collections : English miscellaneous, English poetry, English theology, Finch, Latin theology, Lyell, Radcliffe Trust by Ralph Hanna( Book )

9 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The siege of Jerusalem
The English medieval book : studies in memory of Jeremy GriffithsThe siege of JerusalemSpeculum vitae : a reading editionRichard Rolle : uncollected prose and verse, with related northern textsJankyn's book of wikked wyvesThe Penn commentary on Piers PlowmanThe knightly tale of Golagros and GawaneSmaller Bodleian collections : English miscellaneous, English poetry, English theology, Finch, Latin theology, Lyell, Radcliffe Trust
Alternative Names
Hanna Ralph E.