‘To return into Vabrillax’: fragments of a new early modern prose romance [with text]

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This essay presents an edited text of a previously unknown and apparently unpublished early modern prose romance, surviving in three fragments in manuscript in the papers of the Jervoise family of Herriard, now on deposit in Hampshire Record Office (HRO). An introduction to the three surviving sections of the text offers an account of the manuscripts in which the romance now survives, the status of its text, and the literary-historical contexts within which it might be understood. One image illustrates the hand in which the manuscript is transcribed. A semi-diplomatic transcription of the romance fragments follows this introduction, from their unique source, HRO 44M69/M4/13/3-5. [T. L.]

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15Nov16: I received confirmation by email on 14Nov16 that this piece had been accepted in a never-received hard-copy letter dated 3Oct16. I am uploading today the version of this article submitted for peer review, which was accepted on that basis. I have been invited to submit a final text in February 2017 for publication in 2018 (tbc), which might differ slightly from the version uploaded here. TL 22Aug18: Published version now uploaded, and publication details added to record. TL


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-159
Number of pages24
JournalEnglish Literary Renaissance
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 22 Aug 2018