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Mum and the Sothsegger


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An alliterative poem of c. 1403–6, bewailing the follies of Richard II and offering advice to Henry IV. Two sections survive: the first of 857 lines previously called Richard the Redeless and edited by Skeat with Piers Plowman; the second of 1,751 lines. Skeat and Jusserand believed, probably wrongly, that the poem was by Langland.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval).


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