In the 14th century, beset by wars, plague, famine, and social unrest, French writers saw themselves in the winter of literature, a time for retreat into reflection. Yet, in the midst of their troubles, as this extraordinary study reveals, large number of Latin texts were translated into French, opening up new areas of thought and literary exploration. 8 color illustrations.

The Color of Melancholy: The Uses of Books in the Fourteenth Century 1997, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD

ISBN-13: 9780801853814