Conceived as a companion volume to the well-received Simple Forms: Essays on Medieval English Popular Literature (2015), Make We Merry More and Less
is a comprehensive anthology of popular medieval literature from the
twelfth century onwards. Uniquely, the book is divided by genre,
allowing readers to make connections between texts usually presented
This anthology offers a fruitful exploration of the
boundary between literary and popular culture, and showcases an
impressive breadth of literature, including songs, drama, and ballads.
Familiar texts such as the visions of Margery Kempe and the Paston
family letters are featured alongside lesser-known works, often oral.
This striking diversity extends to the language: the anthology includes
Scottish literature and original translations of Latin and French texts.
The illuminating introduction offers essential
information that will enhance the reader’s enjoyment of the chosen
texts. Each of the chapters is accompanied by a clear summary explaining
the particular delights of the literature selected and the rationale
behind the choices made. An invaluable resource to gain an in-depth
understanding of the culture of the period, this is essential reading
for any student or scholar of medieval English literature, and for
anyone interested in folklore or popular material of the time.
The book was left unfinished at Gray's death; it is here edited by Jane Bliss.
The Faculty of English, University of Oxford, has generously contributed to this publication