Francis Cairns Publications

Vinaver Studies in French 1

Dies Illa. Death in the Middle Ages. Proceedings of the 1983 Manchester Colloquium

J.H.M. Taylor (ed)

VSF 1. ISBN 978-0-905205-18-2. Cloth. 223pp. 1984.

The study of medieval attitudes towards death, from sociological, historical, literary artistic and theological viewpoints, has long been a major scholarly preoccupation in France. The first British conference devoted to this field was the Eugène Vinaver Colloquium held in Manchester in March 1983; this volume contains its revised proceedings. Covering a broad range of disciplines (history, literature, theatre, theology among others) and a diversity of late medieval European cultures; it offers a challenging conspectus of scholarly thinking about attitudes towards death from St Bernard and Dante to the Renaissance.


JANE H.M. TAYLOR. Foreword

JEAN BATANY. Une image en négatif du fonctionnalisme social: les Danses Macabré
JANE H.M. TAYLOR. Un miroer salutaire
PAMELA KING. The cadaver tomb in the late fifteenth century: some indications of a Lancastrian connection
PETER BURKE. Death in the Renaissance, 1347-1656

CYNTHIA FOXTON. Hell and the Devil in the Medieval French Drama: Vision of Damnation or Hope for Salvation?
EDELGARD DUBRUCK. The Death of Christ in French Passion Plays of the late Middle Ages: its aspects and sociological implications.

KENELM FOSTER. Dante's Idea of Purgatory, with special reference to
Purgatorio XXI, 58-66
FANNI BOGDANOW. The Changing Vision of Arthur's Death
PETER AINSWORTH. Du Berceau à la bière: Louis de Mâle dans le deuxième livre des
Chroniques de Froissart
JEAN DUFOURNET. Deux poètes du Moyen-Age face à la moart: Rutebeuf et Villon

MARIE COLLINS. A little-known
Art of Dying by a Brigittine of Syon
JEAN LECLERCQ. La Joie de mourir selon saint Bernard de Clairvaux


"This scrupulously edited and handsomely produced book offers exceptional value for money". French Studies 39 (1985) 457 (Tony Hunt)

Communicationes de Historia Artis Medicinae 107-108 (1984) 223 (Magyar László)

Modern Language Review 80 (1985) 931-2 (Graham A. Runnalls)

Zeitschrift für Romanische Philologie 101 (1985) 455-7 (Friedrich Wolfzettel)

English Historical Review (April 1987) 467 (Michael Jones)

Revue des sciences philosophiques et theologiques 71 (1987), in 'Chronique de civilisation médiévale' by Jean Nicolas Walty, pp.286-289