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One striking feature of the iconography of The Dream of the Rood is that in the conclusion of the poem the Dreamer speaks of the Cross as a “psychopomp”, a spiritual guide who will lead the Dreamer to joy in heaven. No convincing sources or parallels for this conception have been cited in the...
In a 1982 article in Anglia , “A Doomsday Passage in an Old English Sermon for Lent”, J. E. Cross showed that the author of Fadda Homily no. I (HomM 5) made use of a Latin sermon on the Last Judgment falsely attributed to St. Augustine. Citing the Latin sermon from the Patrologia Latina , Cross...
This article presents a source history of lines 167–68 in the Old English wisdom poem Maxims I . A classical Latin sententia by Terence (“Quot homines, tot sententiae”) has been identified as source or analogue for line 167 (“Swa monige beoþ men ofer eorþan, swa beoþ modgeþoncas”), but no...
This paper traces the Babylon episode in the Middle English Floris and Blancheflour (ca.1250) to the Daire le Roux episode in the Old French Roman de Thèbes (1155–60), which itself derives from western medieval chronicle accounts of the siege of Antioch during the First Crusade.
This article presents an edition of the life of St Etheldreda (also known as Æthelthryth or Audrey) found in the South English Legendary manuscript, London, British Library, Egerton 1993, ff. 163r–164v with variants from two other manuscripts and a brief commentary. An examination of the life,...
The Hunttyng of the Hare is a burlesque poem of the late fifteenth century that survives in a single manuscript: National Library of Scotland, MS Advocates 19.3.1. The poem, which is written in the familiar tail-rhyme stanzas of the popular English romances, is unique in using the occasion of a...
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