Robert Mannyng: Handlyng Synne

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  • Ryan Perry (University of Kent at Canterbury)

Surviving in nine manuscripts as an excerpt, fragment or complete text, Handlyng Synne is an English vernacular adaptation in verse of the Anglo-Norman work Manuel des Pechiez (or Manuel des Péchés) a text probably composed, also in verse, in the 1270s in the Lincolnshire area. The traditional attribution of the Anglo-Norman text to the name William Wadington has been rejected by recent critics and it is now thought that the Manuel might be connected to the initiatives of the reforming Bishop of Lincoln Robert Grosseteste, although he was certainly not the author. Over fifty percent larger than its source text at 12,600 lines in length, Handlyng Synne emulates the basic structure of the

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Perry, Ryan. "Handlyng Synne". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 January 2006
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