The authorship of the Equatorie of the planetis


The authorship of the Equatorie of the planetis

Kari Anne Rand Schmidt

(Chaucer studies, 19)

D.S. Brewer, 1993

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Includes the Middle English astronomical texts: The Shippe of Venyse, Chaucer's Treatise on the astrolabe, and the Newe theorik of planetis

Includes bibliographical references (p. [424]-429) and indexes



The Equatorie of the Planetis, a Middle English text on the construction and use of a planetary equatorium, was composed in 1393. The unique manuscript, which appears to be the author's original, belongs to Peterhouse, Cambridge. In 1952 it was brought to general attention by Derek Price who argued that the text was written by Geoffrey Chaucer. Whether the Equatorie is indeed Chaucer's has remained controversial ever since. Dr Rand Schmidt's book offers a detailed examination of the literary, linguistic and codicological evidence linking the authorship of the Equatorie with Chaucer. She analyses and compares the manuscript with other specimens proposed asChaucer's hand, and evaluates the available methods of testing. The volume includes a new transcription of the Equatorie, accompanied by a facsimile of the MS, and a KWIC-concordance to the text. Diplomatic transcriptions of three Middle English astronomical texts have also been included and are printed here for the first time. Dr KARI ANNE RAND SCHMIDT is a language specialist, teaching in the Department of English at the University of Oslo.


  • Part I: The authorship debate
  • a holograph in Chaucer's hand?
  • is the "Equatorie" in Chaucer's dialect and ideolect
  • Chaucer's syntax?. Part II: Texts for comparison
  • type/token ratios for consecutive units of text
  • collocations of frequent words
  • single frequent words as discriminators between authors. Part III: Description of Peterhouse, Cambridge, MS 75.1 - "The Equatorie of the Planetis" facsimile and transcription, notes to the transcription
  • description of Cambridge University Library, MS Dd.3.53 - "A Treatise on the Astrolabe" transcription, notes to the transcription
  • description of Trinity College, Cambridge, MS 0.5.26 - "The Shippe of Venyse" transcription, "The Newe Theorik of Planetis" transcription, notes to the transcriptions. Part 4: KWIC-Concordance to the text of "The Equatorie of the Planetis".

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