The songs of entertainers and the songs of the angels: vernacular lyric fragments in Odo of Cheriton's "Sermones de festis"


Millett, Bella (1995) The songs of entertainers and the songs of the angels: vernacular lyric fragments in Odo of Cheriton's "Sermones de festis". Medium Aevum, 64, 17-36.

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The article takes as its starting-point Siegfried Wenzel's discussion of John Dygoun's use of the apparently secular lyric fragment 'At a sprynge-wel' to refer to the Virgin, and the broader question he raises of whether the moralization of such lyrics by medieval preachers indicates an 'awareness of a distinction between a profane and a sacred world of discourse'; the use of fragments of secular lyric (including one, 'A la funtaine', with similarities to 'At a sprynge-wel', and an otherwise unrecorded 'alba') in Odo of Cheriton's early thirteenth-century Sermones de festis shows Odo consciously 'converting the lyrics he uses from profane entertainment to mnemonic links between this world and the next'.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0025-8385 (print)
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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > English
ePrint ID: 67596
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2009
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:48
Contact Email Address: enm@soton.ac.uk
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/67596

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