Kari Anne Rand

Professor Emerita
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Postal address ILOS P.O.Box 1003 Blindern 0315 Oslo Norway

Academic Interests

Middle English, Middle English Prose, Late Medieval Manuscripts, Handwriting, Chaucer


1. The Index of Middle English Prose: Manuscripts in the Library of Magdalene College, Cambridge.

This is a collaborative project with Professor Richard Beadle, St. John’s College, Cambridge. The book will be published by Boydell & Brewer in their Index of Middle English Prose series.

See also my Index of Middle English Prose volumes on

2. The Middle English Syon Pardon Sermon: Edited from London, British Library MS Harley 2321

This is a collaborative project with Dr Suzanne Paul (St Edmund’s College, Cambridge and Cambridge University Library Manuscripts Department). The book is an edition of a previously unpublished text and will appear as a volume in the Middle English Texts series, published by Universitätsverlag Winter in Heidelberg. The text of the Pardon Sermon is unique except for an incomplete copy of the opening, found in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 156, which consists of only eighteen lines. The full text in MS Harley 2321 covers ninety-one manuscript pages, and although it has the form of a sermon and appears to be aimed at a lay audience, it is patently unpreachable. It is too long, it contains a discussion of all aspects of indulgences with substantial passages in Latin, and such a detailed and exhaustive catalogue of the pardons to be had at Syon Abbey that it is unlikely to have been preached ad populum in its entirety.

The volume is in one mid-fifteenth century hand, and appears to be a well-planned, unified production with the Pardon Sermon as its core text. There are no marks of ownership or clues to its provenance, but the overall impression from the contents is that it was made for one or more brothers at Syon who were in contact with pilgrims there and needed to have detailed knowledge of its indulgences, but who were also concerned with the practical and doctrinal aspects of pilgrimages to Rome.

The text provides a wealth of information on indulgences in late fifteenth-century England and gives insights into practice and doctrine which have relevance beyond Syon. It therefore deserves more attention than it has so far had, and an edition.

See also Kari Anne Rand, “The Syon Pardon Sermon: Contexts and Texts” in Preaching the Word in Manuscript and Print in Late Medieval England: Essays in Honour of Susan Powell, ed. Martha W. Driver and Veronica O’Mara (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013), pp. 317-49.

Tags: English, Middle English, Middle English Prose, Late Medieval manuscripts, Handwriting, Chaucer


  • Rand, Kari Anne (2015). The authorship of The Equatorie of the Planetis revisited. Studia Neophilologica.  ISSN 0039-3274.  87(1), s 15- 35 . doi: 10.1080/00393274.2014.982355
  • Rand, Kari Anne (2014). The Index of Middle English Prose: An Assessment after Twenty Volumes. Studia Neophilologica.  ISSN 0039-3274.  86(1), s 134- 143 . doi: 10.1080/00393274.2013.822744
  • Rand, Kari Anne (2013). The Syon Pardon Sermon: Texts and Contexts, In Martha W. Driver & Veronica O'Mara (ed.),  Preaching the Word in Manuscript and Print in Late Medieval England: Essays in Honour of Susan Powell.  Brepols.  ISBN 9782503541853.  Kapittel.  s 317 - 349
  • Rand, Kari Anne (2011). The Elusive Canutus: An Investigation into a Medieval Plague Tract. Leeds Studies in English. New Series.  ISSN 0075-8566.  51, s 193- 206
  • Rand, Kari Anne (2010). "Herbals", In Michael F. Suarez & H. R. Woodhuysen (ed.),  Oxford Companion to the Book.  Oxford University Press.  ISBN 9780198606536.  Artikkel.  s 789 - 791
  • Rand, Kari Anne (2006). A Previously Unnoticed Fragment of John of Burgundy's Plague Tract and Some Connected Pest Regimens. Notes and Queries.  ISSN 0029-3970.  53(Sept), s 295- 297 . doi: 10.1093/notesj/gj1068
  • Schmidt, Kari Anne Rand (2002). Review of The English Medieval Book: Studies in the Memory of Jeremy Griffiths. English Studies: A Journal of English Language.  ISSN 0013-838X.  83(3), s 274- 275
  • Schmidt, Kari Anne Rand; Ødegård, Stein Westad & Siem, Sunniva (2001). Study of <SUP>169</SUP>Hf at high rotational frequency. European Physical Journal A.  ISSN 1434-6001.  12, s 15- 28
  • Schmidt, Kari Anne Rand; Eldredge, L.M. & Smith, M.B. (1999). Four Medieval Manuscripts with Mathematical Games. Medium aevum monographs.  ISSN 1368-2210.  68, s 209- 217

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  • Rand, Kari Anne (2014). Index of Middle English Prose: Index to Volumes I to XX. D.S. Brewer.  ISBN 9781843843832.  612 s.
  • Rand, Kari Anne (2009). The Index of Middle English Prose. Handlist XX: Manuscripts in the Library of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. D.S. Brewer.  ISBN 9781843842040.  246 s.
  • Rand, Kari Anne & Alnæs, Egil (red.) (2009). Dr. Johnson 300 år: 26 skåltaler. Societas Johnsoniana.  ISBN 9788299829601.  141 s.
  • Rand, Kari Anne (2006). The Index of Middle English Prose. Handlist XVIII: Manuscripts in the Library of Pembroke College, Cambridge, and the Fitzwilliam Museum. D.S. Brewer.  ISBN 1843840537.  160 s.
  • Schmidt, Kari Anne Rand (2001). The Index of Middle English Prose. Handlist XVII: Manuscripts in the Library of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Boydell & Brewer.  ISBN 0-85991-611-1.  196 s.

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  • Rand, Kari Anne (2016). 'Snublestener' - Memorial Plaques for Norwegian Jews. Anglo-Norse review.  ISSN 1363-9366.  (1), s 4- 7
  • Rand, Kari Anne (2015). Anmeldelse av Claes Gejrot, Mia Åkestam & Roger Andersson (eds.): The Birgittine Experience. Sehepunkte.  ISSN 1618-6168.  15(5)
  • Rand, Kari Anne (2015). Review of Ebbe Klitgård: "Chaucer in Denmark: A Study of the Translation and Reception History 1782-2012". English Studies: A Journal of English Language.  ISSN 0013-838X.  96 . doi: 10.1080/0013838X.2014.998034
  • Rand, Kari Anne (2015). The "Index of Middle English Prose": Beyond the Merged Index Volume.
  • Rand, Kari Anne (2014). "The Equatorie of the Planetis: Text, Writing Process and Authorship".
  • Rand, Kari Anne (2014). University of Cambridge, Cambridge Digital Library, Peterhouse MS 75.I. Equatorie of the Planetis: Transcription, Detailed Description, Writing Process & John Westwyk .
  • Rand, Kari Anne (2011). "Some Repositories of Medieval Manuscripts: Access and Holdings". Keynote address.
  • Rand, Kari Anne (2009). Anmeldelese av M. Teresa Tavormina (ed.), Sex, Aging & Death in a Medieval Medical Compendium: Trinity College Cambridge MS R.14.52, Its Texts, Language, and Scribe. 2 vols. Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies 292. Tempe, AZ: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2006. Anglia. Zeitschrift für englische Philologie.  ISSN 0340-5222.  127(1), s 141- 145 . doi: 10.1515/angl.2009.017
  • Rand, Kari Anne (2009). "Doktoren, James Macpherson og Ossian", I: Kari Anne Rand & Egil Alnæs (red.),  Dr. Johnson 300 år: 26 skåltaler.  Societas Johnsoniana.  ISBN 9788299829601.  Artikkel.  s 33 - 37
  • Rand, Kari Anne (2007). Manuscript and Print: Transition, Received Opinion and the Case of the Elusive 'Canutus'.
  • Rand, Kari Anne (2007). The 'Canutus' Pestilence Tract.
  • Rand, Kari Anne (2005). Anmeldelse av Sigmund Eisner, A Variorum Edition of the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Vol 6. The Prose Treatises. Part 1. A Treatise on the Astrolabe. English Studies: A Journal of English Language.  ISSN 0013-838X.  86(5), s 458- 461
  • Rand, Kari Anne (2004). Anmeldelse av Bjørg Bækken: Word Order in 17th Cenrury English: A Study of the Stabilisation of the XSV Pattern. Norsk lingvistisk tidsskrift.  ISSN 0800-3076.  22(2), s 281- 284
  • Schmidt, Kari Anne Rand (2000). "Authorship and Attribution in Middle English: Did Chaucer Really Write 'The Equatorie of the Planetis'?". Gjesteforelesning ved Universitetet i Stockholm 23. oktober 2000.
  • Schmidt, Kari Anne Rand (2000). Collegium Medievale 12 (1999). Hovedredaktør for tidsskriftet.
  • Schmidt, Kari Anne Rand (2000). Collegium Medievale 13 (2000). Hovedredaktør for tidsskriftet.
  • Schmidt, Kari Anne Rand (2000). "The Index of Middle English Prose and the Concept of the Text in Middle English Studies". Gjesteforelesning ved Universitetet i Helsingfors, 28. januar 2000.
  • Varmette, P.G.; Herskind, B.; Hagemann, Gro; Sletten, Gaute; Maj, A.; Bergstrøm, M.; Schmidt, Kari Anne Rand; Wen-Chao, Ma; Ødegård, Stein Westad; Carpenter, M.P.; Lauritsen, Torben; Janssens, Robert V. F.; Khoo, Teng Lek; Lister, C.J. & Siem, Sunniva (1999). Exotic Rotational Bands in 168Hf.
  • Schmidt, Kari Anne Rand (1998, 13. september). Om Chaucer og nyere forskning omkring håndskrifter av "The Canterbury Tales". [Radio].  Verdt å vite : NRK P-2.

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