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Men may read in romance right
The Battle of Crecy, by Laurence Minot — ten couplets and nineteen 8-line stanzas (abababab)
Author(s): Laurence Minot
Title(s): The Battle of Crecy
Subjects: Crecy, battle of; historical poems
Versification: — two-line, eight-line — aa, abababab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Cotton Galba E.IX, ff. 54vb-55va
First Lines:
Men may rede in romance right
of a grete clerk þat merlin hight…
Last Lines:
…held his sege bi nightes and dais
with his men bifor Calays toune
Attributed Title: How Edward at hogges vnto land wan / and rade thirgh france or euer he blan (rubric couplet heading, by scribe, f. 54va).
Editions:
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Poems, written anno-MCCLII (Minot). London: Burn, 1825: 26-33.
Scholle, Wilhelm. Laurence Minots Lieder. Quellen und Forschungen 52. Strassburg: Trübner, 1884: 23-9.
Hall, Joseph. The Poems of Laurence Minot. Oxford: Clarendon, 1887; rev. ed., 1914: 21-7.
Stedman, Douglas C., ed. The War Ballads of Laurence Minot. Dublin: Hodges, Figgis; London: Simpkin, etc., 1917: 23-8.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Political Poems and Songs relating to English History, composed during the period From the Accession of Edward III to that of Richard III. 2 vols. Rolls Series 14 (1859, 1861); repr. Kraus, 1965: 1.75-80.
Morris, Richard, and Walter William Skeat, eds. Specimens of Early English , Pt. I, A.D. 1150-A.D.1300. Oxford: Clarendon, 1882, 2nd ed. 1885; Pt. II, A.D. 1298-A.D.1393, Oxford: Clarendon, 1872, 2nd ed. 1894; Pt. III. Orig. published separately, 1871: 2.134.
Brandl, Alois Leonhard. Mittelenglische Sprach- und Literatureproben. 2nd ed. Berlin, 1917; repr. as Middle English Literature New York: Chelsea, 1949: 135-7.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 381.