Anonymous: The Husband's Message

(1792 words)
  • Juan Camilo Conde-Silvestre (Universidad de Murcia)

The Husband's Message (HM) is an anonymous Old English poetic text included in Exeter, Cathedral Library 3501, the Exeter Book [see separate entry on the Exeter Book]. No convincing evidence for dating the poem has been provided so far and proposals range from the 8th century to the mid-10th, when the manuscript was copied. The mutilated state of the last pages of the Exeter Book – affected by burn damage – as well as the absence of headings and the similar design of capital letters and end-punctuation in folios 122b to 123b have provided problems for editors, who do not agree on the number of poems contained in this section of the manuscript. Some …

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Conde-Silvestre, Juan Camilo. "The Husband's Message". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 December 2005
[, accessed 28 September 2016.]