The Wooing of Our Lord and the Wooing Group prayers occupy a key position in the history of English literature and the development of English religious devotion. Dating from the second quarter of the thirteenth century, they are among a group of texts written in English at a time when the language of literature and the court was Anglo-Norman French, and the language of church and state was Latin. The text for which this group is named, The Wooing of Our Lord is also a highly skilled composition, combining beautiful and poetic expression with a profound affective theology. Its first-person female narrator speaks directly to Christ, becoming the voice of the reader whom the text guides through a passionate meditation upon the magnitude of Christ’s love, his sufferings in his Passion, and the response of the individual soul.
Catherine Innes-Parker’s graceful new translation is paired with the original Middle English dialect in a facing-page format.
“This edition is a long awaited gift for scholars and students alike. Catherine Innes-Parker has produced an extremely fine volume that includes an edition of all the Wooing Group texts in the original, as well as a deft poetic translation. I know it will be frequently used in both my scholarship and my classes.” — Jennifer Brown, Marymount Manhattan College