'Vices and Virtues' : re-edited from British Library MS Stowe 34
'Vices and Virtues' is an early Middle English homiletic dialogue between Reason, the Soul and the Body, originally edited by Ferdinand Holthausen in 1888, with Notes and Glossary published in 1921. This edition contains an Introduction, the re-edited Text, Notes on the text, a full etymological Glossary, and a Bibliography of works cited or referred to in the preparation of the edition. The Introduction is concerned principally with an analysis of the language of 'Vices and Virtues', and suggests a provenance of London, or the areas of Essex or Middlesex just to the north of London, and a date of c. 1200. It also contains a general introduction to the work and the background against which it is presumed to have been written, a description of the MS and notes on the characteristics of the scribes who worked on it, and brief surveys of the syntax, style and structure of the work, together with a statement of editorial principles. The Notes to the text are concerned principally with the language, both grammar and vocabulary, and with sources and parallels in Patristic writings and other medieval texts.