Cronica da Tomada de Ceuta por El Rei D. Jouo I

Aubrey F. G. Bell, Gomes Eannes de Zurara
1917 Modern Language Review  
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more » ... milarly interesting to read (pp. 326 ff.) that the tribute-story and the very name 'Morholt' (according to Loth, nmori-solto, mori-spolto, from which comes the Welsh -hollt) may be connected with the Fomorians, who were perhaps originally monsters who had their abode beneath lakes and the sea; but it is no more than a possibility. This, however, is not Miss Schoepperle's fault; and she has abstained from mere wild guesses. Her book shows a sound method and surprisingly wide reading: it is written in a clear style, which cannot be said of all contributions to this subject in recent years; and we can heartily recommend it to all lovers of mediaeval Romance. They will find in it both information and entertainment. ROBERT PRIEBSCH. LONDON. Cronica da Tomada de Ceuta por El Rei D. Joaio I, cornposta por GOMES EANNES DE ZURARA. Publicada por ordem da Academia das Sciencias de Lisboa...por FRANCISCO MARIA ESTEVES PEREIRA. Lisboa [1916], fol. cxv + 341 pp. Mr Ernest P. Kuhl's thesis in Chaucer's Burgesses (reprinted from Wisconsin Academy Transactions, 1916) is that Chaucer had definite political reasons for singling out the Haberdasher, Carpenter, Dyer, Weaver, and Tapicer as representatives of the London Gilds. We cannot help feeling that Mr Kuhl shows more industry than logic, and that his argument will not carry general conviction. It is idle, for instance, to write in a footnote 'Prof Frederick Tupper informs me that he has good evidence that the "Carpenter" is an afterthought' (p. 657). The Chaucerian student has enough to do with actual facts and deliberate arguments; to bring in mere obiter dicta is a waste of time and ink. G. G. C. ERRATUM.
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