It was a bit of a disappointment to find out yesterday that my research on Bovo and Boeve has not persuaded the editors of Medium Aevum that the poem is more likely to have been composed for a patron or patrons with close connection to Southampton, than for the twelfth or early thirteenth-century earls of Arundel. It always takes me a while to get over a knock-back, and I realised this afternoon this is because it’s not something I have been used to, which is not to be self-congratulatory, it just rather surprised me when I thought about it.
So where next? I still believe I have an argument to put forward, and I have to express my gratitude to my MAE reader for their comments, because I think I see how they can help strengthen that argument, when taken together with the work on the adventus, although I have not heard yet whether that has been any more persuasive. I am already wondering if I maybe need to develop the whole thing, because the Bovo and Boeve paper is already rather long – but that is a decision to be taken after Christmas.