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John Barbour

(c. 1320—1395) ecclesiastic and verse historian

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Guido Delle Colonne

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A 13th‐cent. Sicilian writer of Latin romances, author of the Historia Destructionis Troiae which was in fact a prose version of a poem by Benoît de Sainte‐Maure. His romance was used as a...

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Hary's Wallace

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A famous Scottish epic poem celebrating the deeds of Sir William Wallace, written by Hary (Harry; c.1440–c.1492). Although the poem was written in the 1470s, the earliest extant version,...

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Henry the Minstrel

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(?1440–?92),

a half‐legendary Scottish poet, who wrote The Wallace, one of the most famous of all Scots poems, of about 12,000 lines in heroic couplets, which concerns the martial...

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Scots

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A historical offshoot of the Northumbrian dialect of Anglo‐Saxon, sharing with Northern Middle English a strong Norse element in vocabulary and vowel and consonant developments which still...

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Scottish Text Society

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Founded in 1882 for the purpose of printing and editing texts illustrative of the Scottish language and literature, has issued editions of many works of general literary interest, such as...

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W. W. Skeat

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(1835–1912)

19th‐century editor of Old and Middle English literature. He became a mathematics lecturer at Christ's College, Cambridge (1864), but spent much time in the study of...

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