Anonymous, Anonymous Verse Bruts: Harley Brut

Jean Blacker (Kenyon College)
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Harley 1605, while containing fewer lines than Royal, is the only fragment –– actually, set of fragments –– which gives a clear impression that they come from a completed original, due to the variety of passages covered by the fragments, lack of overlap, as well as stylistic considerations. In terms of Harley 1605 (the fourth-longest text) resembling other manuscripts, in Appendix II of his 1994 doctoral thesis, Peter Damian-Grint, who provides a transcription of the first four fragments, observes that from among all the anonymous

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fragments, Harley 1605 bears the closest resemblance to the Bekker fragment, Krakow Jagiellonian 176 (“Vernacular History in the Making,” 369–71; see note 1). While it is true that Bekker, which is Continental, and Harley which is…

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Citation: Blacker, Jean. "Anonymous Verse Bruts: Harley Brut". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 April 2024 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=41554, accessed 30 May 2024.]

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