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The pious formulae of the Middle English romances

Subtitle:
a catalogue and stylistic study
Abstract:

The prayers and oaths of the Middle English verse romances draw upon a range of pious formulae. These stock invocations rehearse key episodes from salvation history. Such formulae are widely viewed as mere line-fillers and they are rarely credited with stylistic influence. Yet the startling power of their apposite usage in charged narrative moments prompts further investigation.

The thesis aims to demonstrate how the use of pious formulae in the romances is not inevitably mechanica...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Faculty of English Language and Literature
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Publication date:
1996
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford
Barcode:
602335591
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