The story of the lump child

The story of the lump child

Anon.

c.1390–1400

Western England

Manuscript

The Vernon manuscript is one of the largest and most magnificent books to survive from late-medieval Europe. It is a compendium of religious and moral texts compiled in the West Midlands at the end of the fourteenth century. This opening shows the start of The King of Tars, a romance in which a Saracen king marries a Christian woman. Their child is born without limbs or features, but is miraculously transformed after being baptized—one of numerous texts using lurid images and fear of Muslims or Jews to reinforce Christian beliefs and practices. Most Christian writers of romances had little understanding of the details of Muslim or Jewish beliefs and practices, and often described Muslims as pagans or polytheists. The term 'Saracen' is also a catch-all in such texts for Eastern (and threatening) peoples.

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