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DIMEV 4158
IMEV 2621
NIMEV 2621
Of eleven thousand virgins in fere
Osbern Bokenham, Legend of the 11,000 Virgins — rhyme royal
Note: For the version in the South English Legendary, see 721.
Author(s): Osbern Bokenham
Title(s): Legend of the 11,000 Virgins
Subjects: legends; martyrs
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Arundel 327, ff. 58-65v
First Lines:
Off elleuyn thousand uyrgyns infeer
Who so be steryd wyth deuocyoun…
Last Lines:
…In deedly syn purchase hem grace
Of uerrey repentaunce or þei hens pace
Attributed Author: Translated into englys be a doctor of dyuyinte clepyd Osbern Bokenam (index, f. 193) Wrytyn in Cambryge by hys sonn ffrer Thomas Burgh (index, f. 193)
Attributed Title: Her begynnyth þe lyf of þe elleuyn thousend uirgins (rubric, f. 58) The lyf of þe Elleuyn thowsend uirgins (index, f. 193)
Editions:
Clive, Edward Gerbert, earl of Powis. Osbern Bokenham, The lyvys of seyntys. Roxburghe Club 5. London: Nicol, 1835: 90-102.
Horstmann, Carl. Osbern Bokenams Legenden Heilbronn: Hennnger, 1883: 80-91.
Liljegren, S. B. “Four Middle English Versions of the Legend of the Eleven Thousand Virgins.” Englische Studien 57 (1923): 85-112: 87-98.
Serjeantson, Mary Sidney, ed. Osbern Bokenham: Legendys of Hooly Wummen. EETS o.s. 206 (1938); repr. 1988: 86-98.