Fragments of the Apollonius of Tyre legend

Fragments of the Apollonius of Tyre legend

Anon.

15th century

southern England

Manuscript

The story of Apollonius of Tyre is one of the oldest and most tenacious romance legends, with roots in Greek romances from the third century AD or earlier. Apollonius uncovers the incestuous secret behind the riddles that a father sets any suitor for his daughter’s hand, and then undergoes a series of adventures at the mercy of fortune. John Gower chose the story as the culminating romance in his English story collection Confessio amantis (featured elsewhere in the exhibition). This fragment of a Middle English version includes a note stating that it was translated by a ‘vicary at wymborne mynstre’; that is, a vicar within the college of secular (non-monastic) canons at Wimborne Minster in Dorset.

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