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The name given to five Middle English works of devotional prose found together in the manuscript Bodley 34, dating from c. 1190–1225: Seinte Marherete, Seinte Iuliene, Seinte Katerine, Sawles Warde, and Hali Meiδhad. They come from Herefordshire, and are written in a distinctive and interesting language from a transitional period of English, in a lively, often colloquial style, with vivid details of illustration. The three saints' lives are all concerned with heroic virgins who were frequently exalted in medieval writings: St Katherine of Alexandria, St Juliana of Nicomedia, and St Margaret of Antioch.

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