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Osbern Bokenham

(c. 1393—1469) poet and Augustinian friar


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All but forgotten for centuries, the writings of Osbern Bokenham (1392/1393–after 1467) began to attract a first round of scholarly attention in the 1990s. Stimulating the interest of medievalists are the author's proto-humanistic learning, his use of Chaucer, his Yorkist loyalty in a Lancastrian age, and his production of an all-female legendary (series of saints’ lives) commissioned in part by ladies of the local gentry and nobility. Also contributing to Bokenham's newfound reputation is a recent spate of scholarly interest in medieval views of virginity and saints, and in the hitherto neglected fifteenth century.

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From The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature in Oxford Reference.

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