Item 32, Maidstone's Seven Penitential Psalms: Introduction

Item 32, Maidstone’s Seven Penitential Psalms, INTRODUCTION: FOOTNOTES


1 For the history of the English primers and for their origins in early monasticism, see the intro­duction by Edmund Bishop in Littlehales, Prymer or Lay Folks Prayer Book, pp. ix–xxii.

2 James Morey offers a good recent overview of the various Middle English translations of the psalms in Book and Verse, pp. 172–94.

3 For a discussion of the psalms’ influence on Langland’s Piers Plowman, see Kuczynski, Prophetic Song, pp. 189–215.

4 Petrarch, Letter XVIII, “To Giovanni Boccaccio.”

5 See Colish, “Psalterium Scholasticorum.”

6 Edden, “Richard Maidstone’s Penitential Psalms,” pp. 79–80.

7 Edden, “Richard Maidstone’s Penitential Psalms,” p. 77.

8 For the details of this dispute, see Edden, “Debate between Richard Maidstone and the Lollard Ashwardby”; see also Hudson, Premature Reformation, pp. 91–94. Maidstone’s treatise on the subject is printed by Williams, “Protectorium Pauperis.”

9 See Maidstone, Conc