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Testament of Cresseid


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A poem in 616 lines of rhyme‐royal by Henryson. The poet describes in the Prologue how he took up Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde and proceeded to tell of the retribution that came upon Cresseid, who is abandoned by Diomede, then stricken with leprosy. As she sits by the roadside with her leper's cup, Troilus passes by and, not recognizing her, gives her alms. She dies after sending him a ring he had once given her.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval).


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