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“Her Y Spelle”: The Evocation Of Minstrel Performance In A Hagiographical Context

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In this chapter, the author explores three hypotheses about the manuscript Havelok the Dane. The first is that its patron was of a significantly higher social status than has often been suggested; The Oxford trade in vernacular texts appears to have been directed to men and women who were culturally sophisticated and socially and professionally ambitious. The second hypothesis is that the patron came from East Anglia. The final hypothesis, the author wishes to consider is that it is more than just a coincidence that the two romances included in the manuscript both offer such powerful evocations of the minstrel's voice, and that the patron saw a meaningful connection between the minstrel's voice and the oral quality of the saints' lives. The evocation of the minstrel's voice in both Havelok and King Horn has long served as a point of reference for the history of popular English romance.

Keywords: evocation; Havelok; King Horn; manuscript; minstrel's voice; Oxford trade; patron



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