Bibliography and Teaching Resources
This list is not exhaustive; it is intended as a guide to some of the materials written about Henryson, his poetry and his language. There is also a brief list of relevant audio and videocassettes, available from Scotsoun.
1. Books and Articles
a) Primary Texts
The Poems of Robert Henryson ed Denton Fox, Oxford University
b) Secondary Reading
Adamson, J (1976) "Henryson's Testament of Cresseid: 'Fyre
and Cauld' The Critical Review 18, pp 39-60
Baird, G (1996) The Poems of Robert Henryson ASLS Scotnotes
Clark, G (1976) "Henryson and Aesop: the Fable Transformed" English Literary History 43, pp 1-18
Duncan, D (1961) "Henryson's Testament of Cresseid " Essays in Criticism 11, pp 128-135
Fox, D (1962) "Henryson's Fables" English Literary History
Gray, D (1979) Robert Henryson Leiden: Brill
Jack, RDS, ed (1988) The History of Scottish Literature, Volume I
Aberdeen University Press
Kratzmann, G (1980) Anglo-Scottish Literary Relations 1430-1550 Cambridge University Press
Lyall, RJ and F Riddy, eds (1981) Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Scottish Language and Literature (Medieval and Renaissance Universities of Stirling and Glasgow
MacQueen, J (1976) "Neoplatonism and Orphism in Fifteenth Century
Scotland" Scottish Studies 20 pp 69-89
Powell, M (1983) Fabula Docet: Studies in the Background and Interpretation of Henryson's Moral Fables Odense: Denmark
Scheps, W and JA Looney (1986) Middle Scots Poets, A Reference Guide
Boston, Mass. 1986
Toliver, HE (1965) "Robert Henryson: From Moralitas to Irony" English Studies 46 pp 300-309
Von Kreisler, N (1973-4) "Henryson's Visionary Fable: Tradition and Craftsmanship in The Lyoun and the Mous" Texas Studies in Language and Literature 15 pp 391-403
Wright, DA (1971) "Henryson's Orpheus and Eurydice and the Tradition of the Muses" Medium Aevum 40, pp 841-847
Yeager, RF, ed (1984) Fifteenth Century Studies Hamden, Conn.
Scotsoun has compiled audiocassettes of older Scots poetry. These tapes,
and a full catalogue, can be obtained by writing to: Scots Language Society
Tapes of particular relevance to Robert Henryson are:
Robert Henryson, The Makar Some thoughts and reflections by Rod Lyall, Honorary President of the Robert Henryson Society
Poems of Robert Henryson 1 and 2 Two audiocassettes of Robert Henryson's poetry, selected and read by Matthew McDiarmid.
The Trial of the Fox & The Preiching of the Swallow Renditions from Older into Modern Scots of two Moral Fables, with a commentary. Read by Bob Smith and George Bruce.
Robene and Makyne Rendered from Older into Modern Scots and read by Molly Rorke.
Some other titles of interest are:
10 Medieval Makars Poems by John Barbour, Blin Hary, Gavin Douglas, Sir David Lindsay and others, selected and introduced by Alexander Scott.
Poems of William Dunbar Selected and introduced by Edwin Morgan.
John Barbour Extracts from 'The Brus' selected by Matthew McDiarmid
Gavin Douglas Extracts from 'Eneados' and 'The Palice of Honour' selected by Matthew McDiarmid
How to Pronounce Older Scots A guide, with notes, by Jack Aitken, past editor of the Dictionary of the Older Scots Tongue.
A 15-minute video guide to the Presence Room in Dunfermline's Abbot House, with a commentary on The Testament of Cresseid, is also available from Scotsoun by writing to the address above. (VHS Pal format)