There are more things to say about K-zoo this year, but I’m still recovering and all my little cognitive workers are still unpacking from the trip, re-filling things, and gathering up all that cardboard and those little bags of air they pack books in, to get the offices back into order for the rest of the week. For now, the best I can do is record the new intake of books.
I was as disciplined as possible in my book buying this time. I declined several titles and I studiously avoided browsing when I knew I had reached my limit. The final day fire-sale at Powells did add three more titles, but these were worth the added weight. Here is the haul:
Christine de Pizan, The Vision of Christine de Pizan, eds. Glenda McLeod and Charity Cannon Willard, (D.S. Brewer: Cambridge, 2012).
Glending Olson, Literature as Recreation in the Later Middle Ages, (Cornell University Press: Ithaca, 1986).
K. B. McFarlane, Lancastrian Kings and Lollard Knights, (Clarendon Press: Oxford, 1972).
Tracey Sowerby, Renaissance and Reform in Tudor England: The Careers of Sir Richard Morison, c. 1513-1556, (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2010).
Tony Wolf, Ancient Swordplay: The Revival of Elizabethan Fencing in Victorian London, (Freelance Academy Press: Wheaton, IL., 2012).
Christian Henry Tobler, Captain of the Guild: Master Peter Falkner’s Art of Knightly Defense, (Freelance Academy Press: Wheaton, IL, 2012).
D. P. Walker, Spiritual and Demonic Magic: From Ficino to Campanella, (Pennsylvania State University Press: University Park, PA., 2000).
Michael David Bailey, Battling Demons: Witchcraft, Heresy, and Reform in the Late Middle Ages, (Pennsylvania State University Press: University Park, PA., 2003).
Mark Amodio, Writing the Oral Tradition: Oral Poetics and Literate Culture in Medieval England, (University of Notre Dame Press: Notre Dame, IN., 2004).
Ramon Llull, The Book of the Order of Chivalry, ed. Noel Fallows, (Boydell Press: Rochester, NY., 2013).
Peter R. Coss and Christopher Tyerman (eds.), Soldiers, Nobles and Gentlemen: Essays in Honour of Maurice Keen, (Boydell Press: Woodbridge, 2009).
Steven Muhlberger (ed.), The Combat of the Thirty, Deeds of Arms Vol 2 (Freelance Academy Press: Wheaton, IL., 2012).
Rather than clog up the nice little bibliography with comments, I will just mention a few title-specific details. McFarlane: I now have all three of the books he wrote, although each one is a posthumous editorial oddity. Sowerby: Steve Gunn supervised the dissertation that produced this book. It’s in the Oxford Historical Monographs Series, which picks the best of the DPhil theses and fast-tracks them into publication. It’s a really good way to get your 1st book out with a major press. Wolf: I’m actually rather angry with Wolf, and Freelance because as good as this is (and it is good, really) I can’t use it. All he had to do was add notes. Just meet the basic requirement of any 1st year history undergrad and give me some f’ing footnotes and I will happily sing your praises. What I have instead is a book that I can only use like a Wiki entry. I have to do all the legwork to find his sources because his quotes are almost entirely unattributed (or attributed in a general way). If there is any saving grace here it’s that much of his material comes from public domain and I can find it through full-text searches in Google and elsewhere. Still, it wouldn’t have killed him to just show his work.
Tobler: Again, one of those books that almost makes it but falls just short of standards. Transcriptions, facsimiles, and translations need, at the very least, a nod in the direction of an apparatus. Please, tell me why you have done it this way, and not another. Tobler’s transcription is pretty good, but he does not expand abbreviations (of which there are only a few) and it’s clear that some of these are significant for meaning. Since I don’t see what Tobler thinks he sees, I don’t know if he is getting it right. What’s more, he occasionally skips conjunctions and alters things, without comment (only a few times, but that’s irrelevant). I would like to know why that is, if it was a mistake, or if he did it intentionally. Tobler is one of the more careful amateurs in this field but he still struggles with the conventions and field craft and that isn’t some academic pedantry, but an essential part of the editorial process when handling primary sources.
Coss and Tyerman: Really didn’t expect to see this one for $15. They had a stack of them (slightly bumped copies on sale). Very pleased with that.