'Make We Merry More and Less' is an innovative and intriguing anthology, showing the very wide range of both knowledge and human sympathies of the wonderful Douglas Gray.
Research Professor, University of Melbourne, Australia
The anthology was designed ‘to offer both pleasure and instruction, as does Middle English popular literature itself’ (p. 13), and it achieves its goal admirably. Glosses are provided for the more unfamiliar words in the selected texts, making them readily accessible to the non-specialist reader. The introduction is concise and informative, and is at pains to emphasize that, despite the title, the anthology does not in any way seek to present a picture of a romantic ‘merry’ England. The editor, Jane Bliss, has done a fine job of organizing the materials that Douglas Gray left behind, including the daunting task of providing the references. The book is a delight.
The Folk Music Journal (0531-9684), vol. 11, no. 5, 2020.