Magee's edition of this important though brief work of Boethius provides scholars with a model of how to handle a complicated textual tradition and exemplary honesty in admitting the limits of a recensionist
approach when manuscript evidence proves sufficiently unyielding.
Altogether they have contributed a strong Recensionist
case, one which, even if selective, will qualify from now on any rash assumptions about Anglo-Saxon authors, as well as widen our understanding of their text.
These investigations authorize Kempe's voice in a range of roles from Bakhtinian Carnival figure (Susan Dickman and Janet Wilson in Kempe essays, and Wallace) to community activist (Johnson) to mystical recensionist
of oral and Latin textual traditions (Lochrie and David Lawton in Kempe essays).
of which the recensionists
had heard or which they could imagine, were formulated and added.