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Hanna, Ralph

Works: 93 works in 322 publications in 4 languages and 7,986 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry  History  Manuscripts  Arthurian romances  Catalogs  Sources  Humor  Biography  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Arranger, Honoree, Thesis advisor
Classifications: PR1119, 821.1
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Most widely held works by Ralph Hanna
Jankyn's book of wikked wyves by Traugott Lawler( )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

London literature, 1300-1380 by Ralph Hanna( )

18 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 679 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 572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The siege of Jerusalem( Book )

12 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 413 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
Pursuing history : Middle English manuscripts and their texts by Ralph Hanna( Book )

12 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 400 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
Speculum vitae : a reading edition by William( Book )

25 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 393 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."
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 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 346 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 )

9 editions published in 2013 in English and English, Middle and held by 304 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."--Résumé de l'éditeur
Jankyn's book of wikked wyves( Book )

in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Penn commentary on Piers Plowman by Stephen A Barney( Book )

in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first full commentary on Piers Plowman since the late nineteenth century is inaugurated with the publication of the first two of its five projected volumes
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 204 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
Penn commentary on piers plowman, volume 2 by Ralph Hanna( )

8 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 204 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 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

6 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and English, Middle and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

8 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 180 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
William Langland by Ralph Hanna( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 178 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 167 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
Smaller Bodleian collections : English miscellaneous, English poetry, English theology, Finch, Latin theology, Lyell, Radcliffe Trust by Ralph Hanna( Book )

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

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 153 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
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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.