The Dialogue of Solomon and Marcolf: A Dual-Language Edition from Latin and Middle English Printed Editions [Paperback]

Nancy Mason Bradbury (Editor); Scott Bradbury (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781580441803 | Published by: Medieval Institute Publications | Year of Publication: 2012 | Language: English 118p,




The Dialogue of Solomon and Marcolf

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The two texts of the Dialogue presented here, a Latin version printed c. 1488 and a Middle English translation printed in 1492, preserve lively, entertaining, and revealing exchanges between the Old Testament wisdom figure Solomon and Marcolf, a medieval peasant who is ragged and foul-mouthed but quick-witted and verbally astute. The Dialogue was a best-seller of its day; Latin versions survive in some twenty-seven manuscripts and forty-nine early printed editions and the work was translated into a wide variety of late medieval vernaculars, including German, Dutch, Swedish, Italian, English, and Welsh.

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