Juliana Berners

(fl. c. 1450—1470) supposed author and prioress of Sopwell

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(fl. 1460) Once thought to have been prioress of a nunnery at Sopwell, near St Albans. She is also the alleged author of a treatise in verse on hunting contained in the Book of St. Albans, which was printed there in 1486. The treatise ends: ‘Explicit Dame Julyans | Barnes in her boke of huntyng’, but despite attestations to her existence by John Bale and others, Juliana Berners has yet to be satisfactorily identified.

From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.

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