By SCOTT D. TROYAN
This new quantity within the Routledge Medieval Casebooks sequence explores medieval rhetorical practices.
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All italics for the underscoring of [y] are mine. Jean Froissart, Oevres, ed. Kervyn de Lettenhove, vol. 5 (Brussels, 1868), 215. See Joseph Allen Hornsby, Chaucer and the Law (Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1988), 150–154, on the use of bills and writs in An ABC. See Beverly Boyd’s close analysis of the meaning of the phrase “gauded al with grene” in “Chaucer’s Prioress: Her Green Gauds,” Modern Language Quarterly 11 (1950), 404–416; hereafter cited in the text as Boyd. Prayer beads are used in Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu traditions.
The titles and incipits of ﬁfteenth-century manuscripts of An ABC regularly underscore its alphabetical and thus tutorial nature. ”13 The second and most widespread meaning of “abece” cited in MED is a “primer,” the sort of elementary Latin textbook common in song schools, which includes the “Pater Noster,” “Ave Maria,” and the “Credo” as well as miscellaneous moral and liturgical instructions in the vernacular. 14 Interestingly, MED’s fourth deﬁnition of “abece” cites Chaucer’s poem as an example of a literary ABC.
A thing—a shoe on one’s foot, for example, or a manuscript that one is reading—can have use value without its necessarily being or becoming a commodity, but every commodity as a marketable object of human wants will have some use value. Therefore, “use value as such, since it is independent of the determinate economic form, lies outside the sphere of political economy” (Critique of Political Economy, 28). When it inheres within a commodity, however, use value becomes subject to exchange and can be converted into exchange value within a given economy.
Medieval Rhetoric: A Casebook (Garland Medieval Casebooks) by SCOTT D. TROYAN