- Author : David Hadbawnik
- Publisher : eth press (an imprint of punctum books)
- Release Date : 2014-04-24
- Genre: Poetry
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- ISBN 10 : 9780615983912
Cotton Nero A x Book Description :
Manuscript Cotton Nero A.x takes its designation from the unique cataloging system of seventeenth-century British antiquarian Sir Robert Cotton's library: busts of historical figures atop shelves provided the organizing principle, such that one found this particular codex under the bust of Roman Emperor Nero, on the top shelf, ten volumes over. (Another famous manuscript, containing Beowulf, is called Cotton Vitellius A.xv.) Cotton Nero A.x contains the only versions of the poems we now know as Pearl, Cleanness, Patience, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, generally agreed to have been composed sometime in the latter half of the fourteenth century-the time of Piers Plowman and Geoffrey Chaucer, though radically different from either. No one knows w...