A romance blood-bath

A romance blood-bath

Anon.

late 15th century

England

Manuscript

In Amis and Amiloun, the eponymous protagonists are inseparable and indistinguishable; they also swear an oath to help one another, come what may. Amiloun agrees to impersonate Amis to help his friend escape punishment for an affair with his lord’s daughter, but is later struck down with leprosy. To heal him, Amis is told in a dream to kill his children and bathe Amiloun in their blood. These pages describe that episode, laden with resonances from biblical stories and miracles of the Virgin Mary. Later, the children are found miraculously alive. The manuscript was once joined to another Bodleian book, MS. Rawl. poet. 34, which contains the romance Degaré.

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