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Post-Conquest OE Literature

Here, you can download the PDF of Mary Swan, 'Post-conquest Old English Literature', in The Literary Encyclopedia, ed. by Hugh Magennis. 

Thanks to the editors of The Literary Encyclopedia for their permission to produce this article here.

This article, published in 2003, indicates our understanding of the field before the start of the AHRC Project. At that stage, our estimate of the number of post-Conquest manuscripts containing Old English was based principally on Ker's major manuscripts, described in his Catalogue of Manuscripts Containing Anglo-Saxon (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1957; repr. 1991); our total number of manuscripts at the close of the Project is over 200, including those which feature only glosses to the large and extensive homiliaries produced throughout the post-Conquest period.