By Thomas C. Moser Jr.

ISBN-10: 0472113798

ISBN-13: 9780472113798

Thomas C. Moser, Jr. explores the attention-grabbing physique of medieval Latin erotic poetry present in English manuscripts. His examine describes the highbrow and social context from which the good erotic songs of the 12th century emerged, and examines various erotic poems, from institution workouts to the very good lyrics present in Arundel 384. He additionally illuminates the impression of neoplatonic philosophy in this poetry, explicating key neoplatonic texts and making use of that evaluation in shut readings of erotic lyrics from an identical interval and milieu.

A Cosmos of hope will curiosity students of medieval literature in addition to experts in Latin poetry and philosophy. scholars of center English literature will locate that it fills an immense hole in our knowing of English highbrow existence among the 12th and the fourteenth century. All Latin prose and poetry is translated, a few works for the 1st time, and the e-book is generously illustrated with pictures of the manuscripts discussed.

Thomas C. Moser, Jr. is affiliate Professor of English on the collage of Maryland, university Park.

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Exuit et uestes. Patuit corpus niuis instar. Vt latet externo flos cortice tempore uerno; Vtque latet, lente paulatim sole calente, Exuuiis positis, patuit sic gratia Ditis Forma Bethsabe, muliebre decus sine labe. [She takes off her robe, hair blacker than ink appears, which, fearing nothing, she allows to go free. She takes off her clothes. Her body is exposed, the image of snow. ]28 Her flesh is an absolute (her features are "redder than red, whiter than white, blacker than black") transcending the beauties of the world (the rose, lily, and hyacinth) and surpassing "precious stones, gold, estates and farms" in value (11.

47 Remarks about Leda and her semidivine daughter lead to the woman's final apotheosis, where she is given her own iconography as a new Diana: Si succincta togam ritu pharetrata Diane Venatrix, toto crine soluta fores, Si Driadum comitata choro, si nuda lacertos, The Classicists of Northern France 33 Arcu fulmineos insequereris apros, Te quicunque deus silvosa per antra vagantem Conspiceret, veram crederet esse deam. ]48 In an unsurprising, but still amusing, conclusion, the poet ranges his goddess alongside the three classical goddesses at the Judgment of Paris (that is "de pretio forme...

Fulcoius makes no effort to answer these questions directly, but does make clear that whatever the damage Bathsheba may cause, she is worth the disruption: Tanta decens species regali digna corona, Regali sceptro, regis dignissima lecto. ]30 He moves on to the sort of detailed description of the face that becomes stan- dard among the twelfth-century rhetoricians. Certain details speak specifically to Bathsheba's erotic power: the eyes "micant; 'coeamus' sunt quasi dicant" [sparkle; they are as if they say "let us go together"] and the mouth "os lactet, ...

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