Gavin Douglas, The Aeneid (1513)
Part Two: Books IX – XIII, Appendices, Glossary, Index

Edited by Gordon Kendal

Tudor and Stuart Translations 7/2 of 2

Modern Humanities Research Association

1 September 2011  •  440pp

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Virgil’s story of Aeneas, exiled from fallen Troy and leading his people to a new life through the founding of Rome, was familiar in the middle ages. The first true and full translation into any form of English was completed in Scotland in 1513 by Gavin Douglas and published in print forty years later. His version (still considered by some to be the finest of all) is significant historically but also for its intrinsic qualities: vigour, faithfulness, and a remarkable flair for language. Douglas was a scholar as well as a poet and brought to his task a detailed knowledge of the Latin text and of its major commentators, together with a sensitive mastery of his own language, both Scots and English, contemporary and archaic. The present edition is the first to regularise his spelling and make access easier for the modern reader without compromising the authentic Scots-English blend of his language. Glossaries (side- and end-) explain obscurities in his vocabulary while the introduction and notes set the work in context and indicate how Douglas understands and refocusses the great Virgilian epic. It will be of interest to medievalists and Renaissance scholars, to classicists and to students of the English language, and not least to the general reader whom Douglas had especially in mind.

Gordon Kendal is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of English, University of St Andrews.

Reviews:

  • ‘This edition is most welcome. No lover of Douglas or of Virgil has any excuse for not buying it.’ — Alastair Fowler, Times Literary Supplement 27 April 2012, 5
  • ‘Kendal’s edition accomplishes what the series sets out to do: here is a version of Douglas’ translation that will allow a non-specialist audience to read it more fluently and enjoy it. A broader audience and a teaching function might also be promoted by the text’s digital availability. As Douglas wished his translation to ‘be repute a needful work’ for Virgil, so this edition should become for those who would present Douglas’ translation effectively to a broader modern audience.’ — Sheldon Brammall, Translation and Literature 21, 2012, 241

Contents:

[i]-[iv]
Front Matter
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[v]-[viii]
Table of Contents
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411-414
Prologue Ix
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415-466
BOOK IX
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467-472
Prologue X
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473-534
BOOK X
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535-542
Prologue Xi
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543-602
BOOK XI
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603-612
Prologue Xii
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613-676
BOOK XII
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677-678
‘Principal Works’ and ‘Name’
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679-684
Prologue Xiii
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685-726
BOOK XIII
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727-727
After-text:: The Conclusion of this Book of Eneados:
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727-731
Here the translator directs his book and excuses himself (the ‘Direction’):
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732-733
An Exclamation against detractors and uncourteous readers, that been ower studious, but occasion, to note and spy out faults or offences in this volume, or ony other crafty works:
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733-734
Here follows the Time, Space, and Date of the translation of this book:
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735-752
Appendices:: Appendix I: Douglas’s Commentary
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753-754
Appendix Ii: the 1553 Link Passage
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755-758
Appendix Iii: Neologisms
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759-828
Glossary
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829-834
Bibliography
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835-842
INDEX
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Bibliography entry:

Kendal, Gordon (ed.), Gavin Douglas, The Aeneid (1513): Part Two: Books IX – XIII, Appendices, Glossary, Index, Tudor and Stuart Translations, 7 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2011)

First footnote reference: 35 Gavin Douglas, The Aeneid (1513): Part Two: Books IX – XIII, Appendices, Glossary, Index, ed. by Gordon Kendal, Tudor and Stuart Translations, 7 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2011), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Kendal, p. 47.

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Kendal, Gordon (ed.). 2011. Gavin Douglas, The Aeneid (1513): Part Two: Books IX – XIII, Appendices, Glossary, Index, Tudor and Stuart Translations, 7 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Kendal 2011: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Kendal 2011: 21.

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