Kari Anne Rand

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Academic Interests

Middle English, Middle English Prose, Late Medieval Manuscripts, History of the Book, Scribal Hands, Chaucer

Projects

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

Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg. Forthcoming, Spring 2022

The book is an edition of a previously unpublished Birgittine text from the second half of the 1400s. It will appear as a volume in the Middle English Texts series published by Universitätsverlag Winter in Heidelberg. The Harley text of the Pardon Treatise is unique except for an incomplete copy of the opening, found in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 156. This contains 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. Birgittine sermons were preached in the vernacular and were restricted in length. This is too long, it contains extensive discussions 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 in Middlesex that it cannot have been preached ad populum in its entirety.

The manuscript is in a single mid to late fifteenth-century hand, and appears to be a well-planned, unified production with the Pardon Treatise 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 topics of general knowledge, and the doctrinal and practical aspects of pilgrimages to Rome.

The text provides a wealth of information on indulgences in late fifteenth-century England and gives insights into doctrine and practice that have relevance beyond Syon.

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.

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

This book will be published by Boydell & Brewer as a volume in their Index of Middle English Prose series. The series aims to catalogue all items of Middle English prose surviving in medieval manuscripts world-wide. The book will cover the manuscripts in the Pepys Library in Magdalene College, as well as those that were already in the College when it received Samuel Pepys’s bequest after his death in 1703 (Old Library manuscripts). As in previous volumes, the main body of text will identify and describe all prose items in the collection written in English between c. 1200 and c. 1500. The total will in this case come to over 490. The volume will contain transcriptions of their incipits and explicits, descriptions of their textual history, an overview of versions of the same text in other manuscript collections, and of any editions. It will also contain seven different indexes at the back (two incipits indexes (complete and acephalous), two explicits indexes (complete and atelous), an index of rubrics and titles, a general index, and an index of manuscripts cited). The indexes will subsequently be added to those from volumes already published, in the cumulative, digital index for the series, https://imep.lib.cam.ac.uk/ (see below).

My previous Index of Middle English Prose volumes, which cover four other Cambridge collections, may also be of interest:

3. The Digital Index of Middle English Prose

This is a long-term, ongoing project, which I began in 2013. As a first step towards a cumulative, digital Index of Middle English Prose, I standardised, edited, and merged the indexes contained in the twenty IMEP volumes that had appeared at that point. The resulting book was published by Boydell & Brewer the following year: 

As the next step, and in collaboration with Boydell & Brewer and Cambridge University Library (Digital Humanities), an agreement was reached to compile a website, which would be hosted by the CUL. The first version was completed and launched in 2021 and covers the twenty-three IMEP volumes so far published:

https://imep.lib.cam.ac.uk/

As noted, the series aims to include all items of Middle English prose surviving in medieval manuscripts world-wide. The volumes so far published cover over 70 manuscript collections. The website contains summary lists of contents for all volumes. The four very large, cumulated indexes that are now available online are of incipits of texts, reverse explicits, titles and rubrics (including modern titles of works), and a general index, principally of subjects and names. Wild-card and truncation techniques assist with the problems inevitably encountered when searching for words with variant Middle English spellings. As new volumes are published, their indexes will be included on the website.

In the context of producing a cumulative, digital Index of Middle English Prose, and the complications involved, the following article is also relevant: Kari Anne Rand, “The Index of Middle English Prose: An Assessment after Twenty Volumes, Studia Neophilologica 86(2014), 134–43. doi: 10.1080/00393274.2013.822744

Tags: Middle English, Middle English Prose, Late Medieval Manuscripts, History of the Book, Scribal Hands, Chaucer

Publications

Kari Anne Rand (2015). “The Authorship of The Equatorie of the Planetis Revisited”, Studia Neophilologica 87(1), 15–35. doi: 10.1080/00393274.2014.982355

Kari Anne Rand (2014). Index of Middle English Prose: Index to Volumes I to XX (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer).

Kari Anne Rand (2014). University of Cambridge, Cambridge Digital Library, Peterhouse MS 75.I. Equatorie of the Planetis: Transcription, Detailed Description, Writing Process & John Westwyk.

Kari Anne Rand (2014). “The Index of Middle English Prose: An Assessment after Twenty Volumes”, Studia Neophilologica 86(1), 134–143. doi: 10.1080/00393274.2013.822744

Kari Anne Rand (2013). “The Syon Pardon Sermon: Texts and Contexts”, in Martha W. Driver and Veronica O'Mara (ed.), Preaching the Word in Manuscript and Print in Late Medieval England: Essays in Honour of Susan Powell (Turnhout: Brepols), pp. 317–349.

Kari Anne Rand (2010). “The Elusive Canutus: An Investigation into a Medieval Plague Tract”, Leeds Studies in English. New Series 41, 186–199.

Kari Anne Rand (2009). The Index of Middle English Prose. Handlist XX: Manuscripts in the Library of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer).

Kari Anne Rand (2006). The Index of Middle English Prose. Handlist XVIII: Manuscripts in the Library of Pembroke College, Cambridge, and the Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer).

Kari Anne Rand Schmidt (2001). The Index of Middle English Prose. Handlist XVII: Manuscripts in the Library of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer).

Kari Anne Rand Schmidt (1993). The Authorship of the Equatorie of the Planetis (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer).

  • Rand, Kari Anne (2015). The authorship of The Equatorie of the Planetis revisited. Studia Neophilologica. ISSN 0039-3274. 87(1), p. 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), p. 134–143. doi: 10.1080/00393274.2013.822744.
  • Rand, Kari Anne (2013). The Syon Pardon Sermon: Texts and Contexts. In Driver, Martha W. & O'Mara, Veronica (Ed.), Preaching the Word in Manuscript and Print in Late Medieval England: Essays in Honour of Susan Powell. Brepols. ISSN 9782503541853. p. 317–349. doi: 10.1484/m.sermo.1.101596.
  • Rand, Kari Anne (2011). The Elusive Canutus: An Investigation into a Medieval Plague Tract. Leeds Studies in English. New Series. ISSN 0075-8566. 51, p. 193–206.
  • Rand, Kari Anne (2010). "Herbals". In Suarez, Michael F. & Woodhuysen, H. R. (Ed.), Oxford Companion to the Book. Oxford University Press. ISSN 9780198606536. p. 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), p. 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), p. 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, p. 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, p. 209–217.

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  • Rand, Kari Anne (2014). Index of Middle English Prose: Index to Volumes I to XX. Boydell & Brewer. ISBN 9781843843832. 612 p.
  • Rand, Kari Anne & Alnæs, Egil (2009). Dr. Johnson 300 år: 26 skåltaler. Societas Johnsoniana. ISBN 9788299829601. 141 p.
  • Rand, Kari Anne (2009). The Index of Middle English Prose. Handlist XX: Manuscripts in the Library of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Boydell & Brewer. ISBN 9781843842040. 246 p.
  • Rand, Kari Anne (2006). The Index of Middle English Prose. Handlist XVIII: Manuscripts in the Library of Pembroke College, Cambridge, and the Fitzwilliam Museum. Boydell & Brewer. ISBN 1843840537. 160 p.
  • 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 p.

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  • Rand, Kari Anne (2021). Index of Middle English Prose.
  • Rand, Kari Anne (2016). 'Snublestener' - Memorial Plaques for Norwegian Jews. Anglo-Norse review. ISSN 1363-9366. p. 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). The "Index of Middle English Prose": Beyond the Merged Index Volume.
  • 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 (2014). "The Equatorie of the Planetis: Text, Writing Process and Authorship".
  • Rand, Kari Anne (2011). "Some Repositories of Medieval Manuscripts: Access and Holdings". Keynote address.
  • Rand, Kari Anne (2009). "Doktoren, James Macpherson og Ossian". In Rand, Kari Anne & Alnæs, Egil (Ed.), Dr. Johnson 300 år: 26 skåltaler. Societas Johnsoniana. ISSN 9788299829601. p. 33–37.
  • 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), p. 141–145. doi: 10.1515/angl.2009.017.
  • 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), p. 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. NLT - Norsk lingvistisk tidsskrift. ISSN 0800-3076. 22(2), p. 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). "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. [Show all 14 contributors for this article] (1999). Exotic Rotational Bands in 168Hf.
  • Schmidt, Kari Anne Rand (1998). Om Chaucer og nyere forskning omkring håndskrifter av "The Canterbury Tales". [Radio]. Verdt å vite : NRK P-2.
  • Schmidt, Kari Anne Rand (2000). Collegium Medievale 12 (1999). Hovedredaktør for tidsskriftet. Collegium Medievale, forening for middelalderforskning. ISSN 0801-9282. 12.
  • Schmidt, Kari Anne Rand (2000). Collegium Medievale 13 (2000). Hovedredaktør for tidsskriftet. Collegium Medievale, forening for middelalderforskning. ISSN 0801-9282. 13.

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