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Middle English Texts

offers lyrics, tales, and other Middle English works (1350-1485) that occupy an important place in the literary and cultural canon but that are not readily available in student editions. More than 250 texts are online, including "The Greene Knight," "The Prophecy of Merlin," "The Death of Robin Hood," and "Robyn Hod and the Shryff off Notyngham." Each text is supplemented with an introduction and notes. (University of Rochester, National Endowment for the Humanities)

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Interesting Fact:

Robin Hood—like the equally elusive King Arthur—is an object of study by historians who are seeking traces of the real figure behind the myths and legends. The earliest contender is one Robert Hod, who was described as a fugitive. His goods were being confiscated because he owed money to St. Peter's of York.
Arthur A. Dixon (fl. 1893-1920). 'Sir Tristram Gave Her a Ring' from Doris Ashley's King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. London: Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd., n.d.[1921].

Tristan and Isolt


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