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Answer me these questions three

  1. How difficult is it to find unfurnished rental property in London? We haven't looked. Our next door neighbor says it's nearly impossible.
  2. Can you recommend me an edition and/or translation of the Legenda Aurea?
  3. If I were to invest in, say, a used paperback of the Canterbury Tales (because my Riverside Chaucer is back in the states and really hard to get to...), what edition would you recommend?

I was intrigued to be given the wrong book at the BL today - and then discover that the reason I'd been given that one is because it was on reserve for a J. Worthen. My last name's rare enough that that was rather exciting. Also, no matter how many times I use microfilm machines, I always feel slightly inept with them. Today's struggle was to feed the film through in the first place - despite having done it many times before in the past, and despite printed instructions on the machine itself to remind me.


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Feb. 7th, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
Re: 2: My impression is that people have been happy with the reasonably recent pb translation published under the title _The Golden Legend: Readings on the Saints_ by Wm. Ryan - I think. Not sure about editions.

Do you suppose J. Worthen is Jeremy Worthen (Toronto, early-90s, Stock student, Anglican priest, and all-around cutie-pie...erm, excuse the latter...)?
Feb. 8th, 2006 11:12 am (UTC)
Entirely possible. Had I been paying more attention, I could have told you whose "writings and sayings" J. Worthen had on reserve in a 1910 German edition. Whoever he was, I know the first two digits of his BL card number, and his approximate desk location, but those aren't the healthiest approaches to deducing the answer. Neat to know there was another medievalist Worthen at Toronto!
Feb. 7th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
There is a fairly recent critical edition of the Golden Legend edited by G. P. Maggioni in two volumes. The introduction and other secondary stuff is in Italian, which shouldn't pose a problem for you. It's what we used for Joe's GL class and it was very helpful.

Also good is the two-colume translation by William Granger Ryan from Princeton University Press.
Feb. 8th, 2006 11:13 am (UTC)
Thank you!
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Feb. 8th, 2006 11:15 am (UTC)
That's so odd. If we do go rental again, it sounds as if our odds are highest of unfurnished in the Docklands.

My next door neighbor also tells me that the rental situation is exactly reversed in Paris. I wonder why people are more likely to own furniture in some countries than in others?
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Feb. 7th, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC)
Our flat is an unfurnished rental. It wasn't a problem getting it at all, but then there's an abundance of rental property supply in Docklands. More suburban areas might be different.
Feb. 8th, 2006 11:17 am (UTC)
Yours was the only exception to the rule I could offer my next door neighbor. Property was on our collective mind - she had a visitor from upstairs who will be moving soon to the vicinity of your employment - more family-friendly housing apparently. They're about to have their first child.
Feb. 7th, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC)
I got a part-furnished flat once, and they took out anything we didn't want. You could always ask for that option. There are a few unfurnished, I lived in two, but they are more difficult to find, though they were actually cheaper than the furnished one I moved into afterwards.
Feb. 8th, 2006 11:16 am (UTC)
At bare minimum, I pine to have my own, comfortable mattress. Part-furnished would be a major step in the right direction.
Feb. 8th, 2006 12:21 am (UTC)
On the Chaucer -- I suppose the Norton edited by Kolve, but I'm kind of meh on all of them.

Better, says I, to pick up the predecessor of the Riverside, Robinson's Works of Chaucer. Lots of them about, cheap, and the notes are different enough to be worth having.

Or if you might ever teach Chaucer, I rather like Baugh's edition, also cheap in the UK. He does the whole Bradshaw Shift thing, so it's interesting, and the glosses and the notes are on the page rather than in notes in the back.
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Feb. 8th, 2006 12:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Err . . . that Anonymous c'est moi
That's an awfully generous offer. I am quite happy to go track down a used copy somewhere. If however, you really do want to deal with having money in the UK, I am more than happy to be a beneficiary. If, however, there's anything at all published here and rarely available there, I am equally quite happy to save you the expense of postage and carry any book of your choosing over to the states for you in May.

Either way, my address is here in case it is useful to you.
Feb. 8th, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)
Isn't there a paperback riverside in the UK?
Feb. 8th, 2006 01:52 am (UTC)
Yes, there certainly is, and it's decently priced too. I've got one myself. Definitely handy to have since it's easy to hold when reading, but it still has all the notes and apparatus.

Mark (http://allitera.tive.org)

Feb. 8th, 2006 08:34 am (UTC)
Microfilm machines are apparently designed to make the user feel inept: I occasionally have to assist readers in using ours and nearly always end up by feeling like attacking the thing with a hatchet.
Feb. 8th, 2006 11:19 am (UTC)
I love your aaaarghing hedgehog icon!
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