Robert Mannyng

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  • Ryan Perry (University of Kent at Canterbury)

Robert Mannyng of Brunne (now probably the town Bourne in south Lincolnshire) wrote two works in the first decades of the fourteenth century, the religious manual/ story collection Handlyng Synne and the verse history now variously known as “Mannyng's Chronicle” or The Story of England. Both works were translated and adapted from French and Latin sources, primarily Langtoft's Chronicle and the work attributed to William de Wadington Manuel des Pechiez, but utilising other sources including Wace and Bede. Mannyng's writings represent an attempt to provide non-Latinate and non-Francophone society with access to texts which the author has enjoyed in their original form. As he states in the …

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Perry, Ryan. "Robert Mannyng". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 January 2006
[, accessed 25 September 2016.]

Articles on Mannyng's works

  1. Handlyng Synne