This is a remarkable achievement. Whoever is interested in Medieval studies will have to take Lauryn Mayer's work into serious consideration for at least three reasons:
- We find here a very careful analysis of the Metrical and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles - texts which, for the most part, have remained largely (and unjustly) ignored.
- Lauryn Mayer demonstrates the relevance of the Chronicles to the reading of more canonical works (Beowulf, The Battle of Maldon) and offers enlightening interpretations of these works.
- Finaly, and more importantly, Lauryn Mayer chalenges the "authorial" assumption of many modern readers and offers a brilliant theoretical model to account for the medieval collaborative production of manuscripts.
Worlds Made Flesh is a fascinating book that brings the medieval manuscript culture to life. It deserves to become a landmark for future medieval studies.
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