So far as possible, all necessary material has been incorporated in the preceding chapters. An unpublished thesis by the author, The Novella and Related Varieties of the Short Narrative in English before Chaucer; with an Introduction on the Nature and History of the Reflective Story, now in the Yale Library, contains a grundriss of short narrative in English before Chaucer, and other material complementary to Part I of this book.
In the following sections, however, whose titles indicate their correspondence with the chapters of the book, will be found reference to editions of narratives which have been edited or translated, and are not easily accessible in their original form; also a selected list of useful books and articles in addition to those mentioned in the text.
Chapter I.The Conte Dévot. For an account of the origin of the Vitæ Patrum see Romische Litteratur Geschichte, Martin Schanz, Vol. IV, Pt. I, 376ff. For the literary myth of the Greeks and Romans in the early Christian period see Wilhelm Christ, Gesch. der Griech Litt. bis auf die Zeit Justinians, Secs. 575-6-7-8.
For Gregory's Dialogues in the Old English translation see C. W. M. Grein, and R. P. Wülker, Bibliothek der Angelsächsischen Prosa, Vol. V.
The Old English Version of Bede's Ecclesiastical History, ed. and trs. by T. Miller, E. E. T. S., 95, 96.
Ælfric's Sermones Catholici, ed. and trs. by B. Thorpe.
Ælfric's Lives of Saints, ed. and trs. by W. W. Skeat, E. E. T. S., 76, 82, 94, 114. See, too, J. H. Ott, Uber die Quellen der Heiligenleben in Aelfric's Lives of Saints.