Anonymous: Saint Erkenwald (2570 words)

Johannes Wolf (University of Oxford)
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St. Erkenwald is a 350-line religious Middle English poem written in alliterative verse. Whilst it is usually dated to the late fourteenth century on the basis of both external and stylistic evidence, it is preserved in a single manuscript (British Library MS Harley 2250) which dates from the last quarter of the fifteenth century. Harley 2250 is a compilation of mostly religious texts, including excerpts from the Stanzaic Life of Christ, the South English Legendary, the Speculum Christiani and Mirk’s Festial, copied in a Northwest Midlands dialect that these poems share with the poems of British Library MS. Cotton Nero a.x which include Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and

Citation: Wolf, Johannes. "Saint Erkenwald". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 January 2018 [, accessed 25 October 2021.]

38768 Saint Erkenwald 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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