The Orcherd of Syon, Titus and Vespasian, and Lydgate’s Siege of Thebes
influenced by the organization of a particular literary form.
Similarly, Jeffrey Knight argues that textual composition is related to
the materiality of printing only through the choices made by writers
to respond to the material form of printing, in Bound to read: compilations, collections, and the making of Renaissance literature (Philadelphia:
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013).
5 See Martin Foys, Virtually Anglo-Saxon: old media, new media, and
early medievalstudies in the late age of print (Gainesville: University
Press of Florida, 2007), particularly the
Thomas of Erceldoune’s prophecy, Eleanor Hull’s Commentary on the penitential Psalms, and Thomas Norton’s Ordinal of alchemy
, England and Scotland, 1286–1603 (London:
22 Thomas of Erceldoune’s prophecy, xxvff.
23 My use of ‘rhizomatic’ here follows development of the term in Deleuze
and Guattari’s A thousand plateaus, referring to a non-hierarchical
assemblage. The term has also been usefully explored in medievalstudies in relation to manuscript studies, as providing an alternative to
the traditional stemmatic view of manuscript relations; see Michael G.
Sargent, ‘Organic and cybernetic metaphors for manuscript relations:
stemma–cladogram–rhizome–cloud’, in The Pseudo
and Ma’arat-an-Nu’man, gorged on the
rotting corpses of the Muslim enemy. See L. A. M. Sumberg, ‘The “Tafurs”
and the First Crusade’, MedievalStudies, 21 (1959), 224–46 and J. Tattersall
‘Anthropophagi and eaters of raw flesh in French literature of the Crusade
period: myth, tradition and reality’, Medium Aevum, 57 (1988), 240–53.
5 The fourteenth-century Forme of Curye (compiled by Richard II’s chief
cook) includes a recipe for cokantrice (Curye on Inglysch, eds Hieatt and
Butler, p. 139); similar recipes are found in the fifteenth-century: Two