Tuesday, April 16, 2013


They Have Earned Their Neglect

Jack Upland, Friar Daw's Reply, and Upland's Rejoinder. Edited by P.L. Heyworth (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1968), pp. 52-53 (from the editor's Introduction):
It remains to be said that the modest interest of these texts is that of a footnote to a historical controversy. In five hundred years they have received barely a dozen pages of desultory academic discussion scattered over as many books, and it is to their credit that they cannot claim a single learned article to themselves. They have earned their neglect. If I tidy them away to an honest grave it is not with any claim to 'definitiveness', but because there is no good reason why they should ever be disinterred again.
Hat tip: Ian Jackson.

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