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Alliterative Poetry of the Later Middle Ages

An Anthology, 1st Edition

By Thorlac Turville-Petre


280 pages

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Hardback: 9780367191375
pub: 2019-07-12
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Originally published in 1989, Alliterative Poetry of the Later Middle Ages is an anthology of texts looking at the tradition of alliterative poetry in medieval English literature. The book presents lesser known alliterative Middle English poems, which are unmodernised and include explanatory footnotes designed to give clarity to the text and enable critical response to the texts. The book illustrates the great range and variety of alliterative verse, both rhymed and unrhymed. The poems range from descriptions of armies, bloody battles, dramatic storms and dreams of goddesses. Whatever the subject, social and political satire, theological controversy and moral admonition is always given a lively and interesting setting. The book contains a succinct and incisive introductory material and a carefully selected bibliography which will encourage further reading.

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Texts Cited with their Abbreviations


1. The Harley Lyrics

2. Wynnere and Wastoure

3. The Parlement of the Thre Ages

4. St Erkenwald

5. A Pistel of Susan

6. Somer Soneday

7. The Three Dead Kings

8. The Siege of Jerusalem (ll. 521-724)

9. John Clerk: The Destruction of Troy (ll. 1509-628, 2340-448, 12465-547)

10. The Wars of Alexander (ll. 597-736, 159-735, 4842-5200)

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About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Medieval World

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1938 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of medieval history and medieval literature, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines medieval history from the early Middle Ages, right up until the Reformation, as well as the effect of the medieval period on later cultures, such as the Victorians. This collection draws together books on the monarchy, medieval philosophy, religion, art, music, psychology and architecture as well as volumes on medieval archeology. The collection also brings together key volumes on medieval literature of the period, with formative works examining medieval religious literature, medieval legends and oral tradition. The collection also includes titles examining specific poems from the period such as Piers Plowman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Pearl, as well as volumes on influential writers of the period such as Jean Froissant, John Lydgate and Margery Kempe. This collection brings back into print a collection of insightful and detailed books on the diverse medieval period and will be a must have resource for academics and students, not only of history and literature, but of anthropology, music, psychology and religion.

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