I won’t beat around the bush; this week has been full of chaos.  UK Customs, failed attempts to top up my Orange phone, a mix up with a tutor meeting, my manic Monday of 6 hours of class, and thing after thing driving me insane.  Having said that, I think I have this week planned out well, even though it will be very, very busy, and one thing I can count on to keep me sane is the wonder in books.  There is order and magic and reliability in books, and a full bookshelf calms my soul.  So, here is the contents of the top shelf in my Argos bookcase (which is about 2 1/2 feet long):

  • The Riverside Chaucer
  • The Poems of the Pearl Manuscript, ed. Andrew and Waldron
  • The Riverside Chaucer (library copy)
  • Apollonius of Tyre: Medieval and Renaissance Themes and Variations, Archibald
  • Ovid, Metamorphoses, Norton pub.
  • Ovid, Heroides, Penguin pub.
  • The Lais of Marie de France, Baker Academic pub.
  • Sagas of Warrior Poets, Penguin pub.
  • The Song of Roland, Penguin pub.
  • Chrétien de Troyes, Arthurian Romances, Penguin pub.
  • Christine de Pizan, The Treasure of the City of the Ladies, Penguin pub.
  • Rabelais: Gargantua and Pantagruel, Norton pub.
  • Middle English Romances, Norton Critical Edition
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, trans. Simon Armitage
  • Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Oxford pub.
  • The Poems of the Cid, Penguin pub.
  • The Nibelunglied, Penguin pub.
  • Dante, Paradisio, trans. John D. Sinclair
  • Las Mocedades de Roderigo, trans. Bailey
  • Chivalry, Maurice Keen
  • The Romance of Tristan, Oxford pub.
  • The Romance of Arthur: An Anthology of Medieval Texts in Translation, ed. Wilhelm
  • Medieval Folklore, Lindahl, McNamara, Lindow
  • Arthur, Daniel Mersey
  • Arthur’s Britain, Leslie Alcock
  • Geoffrey of Monmouth, The History of the Kings of Britain, Penguin pub.
  • Beowulf, trans. Seamus Heaney
  • Robin Hood, J.C. Holt
  • Imagining Robin Hood, A.J. Pollard
  • Rymes of Robin Hood, R.B. Dobson and J. Taylor
  • Robin Hood: A Mythic Biography, Stephen Knight
  • William Langland, Piers Plowman, Penguin pub.
  • Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, Norton Critical Edition
  • Chaucer’s Major Poetry, ed. Albert C. Baugh

Works Cited: jancology.com

The first chunk until Maurice Keen’s book is for class, while the rest is related to research (I swear!) but is interesting reading on its own.  I am sentimentally attached to my Dobson and Taylor Rymes and to the beautiful copy of Chaucer’s Major Poetry.  The first is the best edition of the original ballads, and is hard to come by.  The Chaucer was given to me by my first Chaucer professor at the University of Washington, who had me for one class one quarter and believed in my ability to do good work in literature.  Times like this, when I’ve become overwhelmed with schoolwork and personal commitments, that books give me solace and quiet my mind.

Now all I’m missing is a comfy armchair.  Let’s face it, the regulation Hild Bede chairs just can’t compare…