Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Three Alliterative Saints' Hymns: Late Middle English Stanzaic Poems

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Three Alliterative Saints' Hymns: Late Middle English Stanzaic Poems

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Three Alliterative Saints' Hymns: Late Middle English Stanzaic Poems, ed. Ruth Kennedy, EETS, OS 321 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003). cx + 120 pp.; 4 plates. ISBN 0-19-722324-9. £40.00. When editing minor pieces, such as the three odes to popular saints presented by Ruth Kennedy, finding a publication outlet can be problematic. Individually too short to justify a monograph (even collectively these poems amount to only 686 lines), and too long to tempt journal editors, there is a danger that such texts will remain inaccessible. A combined approach is therefore sensible, even though each of these differently authored Middle English hymns survives uniquely in a different codex: St Katherine in Bodleian Library, MS Bodley Rolls 22; John Evangelist in Lincoln Cathedral Library, MS 91 (the "Thornton Manuscript"); and John Baptist in British Library, Add. MS 39574. Kennedy furnishes reasons beyond convenience for associating the three, arguing that they comprise a particular subgenre in Middle English verse: fourteen-line stanza alliterative and rhyming poems produced circa 1400. Most compellingly, she locates their production to north Yorkshire and south Lincolnshire, challenging the received view that the alliterative tradition was a purely West Midland phenomenon. …

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