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Phillips, H. (ed.), Langland, the Mystics and the Medieval English Religious Tradition: Essays in Honour of S. S. Hussey. Pp. xii + 289. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1990. 35.00 [pounds].
THE essays in this festschrift reflect some of Professor Hussey's research interests. Most of them are on Langland and the Middle English mystics. The others are on subjects ranging from medieval catechizing to medieval cats. The common thread is the interplay between medieval writing and religion. Some of the most interesting contribution address the methodological and theoretical problems involved in relating medieval literature to extra-literary contexts.
In an opening retrospect on Langland studies during the last four decades Derek Pearsall identifies |a detailed …