This is REALLY important work, and not enough people know about it ... which is why this thread. 3/x
At its core, this is editing. 4/x
For instance, the journal of the king's kitchen on the Crecy march that showed where the battle happened. Good stuff. 8/x
Before I go on, let be clear in saying I really like the EETS. They've made available a lot of otherwise unavailable texts. Yay! 11/x
D&A, for instance, have notes like this one: “this possibility of expelling the invaders from the city is not at all mentioned by Veg.; it is characteristic of the chivalrous bravery of the Englishman” (page 174). 12/x
Here's a passage I just fought with about an hour ago: 13/x
Fro Juyl Kalendis vnto the Kalende / Of Janyveer, that is by monthis sixe / The seson is, tymbur to falle an ende; / Thumour dryinge in treen, now sad & fixe / Is euery pith.
From 15 July until 15 January, that is for 6 months, is the season to fell timber to the ground. Thumour(?) drying in trees, now firm and fixed is every pith.
(See? Football reference!)
Anyway, since D&A mess up lots of text, let's check the manuscript and see if that's it. 16/x
What's happened, if you haven't figured it out, is that the poet has contracted two words here: "the" and "humour". In our edition, this will be printed as "th'umour." 18/x
From 15 July until 15 January, that is for 6 months, is the season to fell timber to the ground. The moisture drying in trees, now firm and fixed is every pith. 19/x
Don't know about you, but that's a touchdown in my book! 20/x
Have a fine day, y'all.
PS: If you're partying today/tonight, PLEASE don't drink and drive. Be safe.