A ghostly encounter

A ghostly encounter

Anon.

c.1450–1475

England

Manuscript

In the first part of The Awntyrs off Arthure (The Adventures of Arthur), Gawain and Guinevere (‘Dame Gaynor’) encounter the decaying corpse of Guinevere’s mother, which rises from a lake to warn them about the excesses of their courtly lifestyle. The poem uses both alliteration and rhyme, the shorter rhyming verses picked out here by red links. This manuscript was once bound with at least two other Bodleian books: MS. Rawl. D. 82 and MS. Rawl. poet. 168, which contain weighty narratives of Troy and Thebes, and Thomas Hoccleve’s advice poem for the future Henry V, The Regiment of Princes.

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