Title

Good Ends in the Audelay Manuscript

Publication Title

The Yearbook of English Studies

Publication Date

2003

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.2307/3509019

Keywords

Prayer, Scribes, Death, Chaplains, Religious poetry

Disciplines

Literature in English, British Isles | Medieval Studies | Poetry

Abstract

This essay raises the question of how far John Audelay, a fifteenth-century poet claiming to be blind and deaf, had a role in the making of the Audelay MS (Bodleian MS Douce 302). The differing responsibilities of two scribes, the ordering of contents, the instructional verses, and the embedded attributions to Audelay suggest his direct involvement. All four sections of the manuscript close decisively, and a farewell poem from Audelay has been appended by the second scribe. These endings match Audelay's dominant concern with preaching penance and living a penitential life. Ending well merges with the priest-poet's avowed petition for a good spiritual end.

Publisher

Modern Humanities Research Association

Publisher Location

Cambridge, England


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