The "Owl and the Nightingale"; "Cleanness"; "St Erkenwald"

The "Owl and the Nightingale"; "Cleanness"; "St Erkenwald"

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The Middle English poems in this book exemplify three major genres in medieval religious writing: saint's legend, Bible epic and religious debate."St Erkenwald", perhaps the best saint's legend, tells how a bishop of london raised a pagan judge from the dead and sent his soul to heaven. In "Cleanness" (often known as "Purity") such events as the flood, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and Belshazzar's feast are recounted with the descriptive eloquence of the poet who wrote "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight". "The Owl and the Nightingale" is a charming, if occasionally virulent, contest between two birds who debate, owl-wise and nightingale- wise, the traditional morals of the church and the ideals of courtly love.show more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 129 x 198mm | 198g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English, Middle (1100-1500)
  • 0140448810
  • 9780140448818

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