The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
Praising be to God at this beginning
Dedicatory prologue to Stephen Scrope’s version of Christine de
Pisan’s Epitre d’Othéa (addressed to Humphrey, Duke of
Buckingham or to Sir John Fastolf) — in couplets (with succeeding verse
introductions to each of the 100 chapters, one quatrain for chap. VI and
Author(s): Stephen Scrope
Title(s): Epitre d’Othéa
Subjects: prologues; dedications; Humphrey, duke of Buckingham; Fastolf, John, sir
1.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College H.5 (208)
, ff. 1-59v
Praisyng be to god at this begynnyng
In alle my wordes and soo
…ffor a womman lerned Augustus
To be worshipid & taught him
Note: Prose ‘Glose’ and ‘Allegorie’ applied to last
‘Texte’ continue to f. 60.
Attributed Title: Prolouge of the pistell Othea (f. 1); Othea dedicated to the Duke of
Bockingham (added by later hand, f. iiv)
Women’s Writing in Middle English.
London: Longman, 1992: 140-9 (excerpts).
2.Source: Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 253
, f. 4v
Note: Lacks the Prologue.
Warner, Sir George Frederic,
The Epistle of Othea to Hector, or, The Boke of Knyghthode.
141. London: Nichols, 1904: 5-6 (and interspersed verse, passim).
3.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M775
, ff. 200v
Othea of prudence manyd goddesse
That settith good hertis in
…ffor a woman serued Augustus
To be worshipid & tauȝt
With a dedication, formerly listed separately as 1371
; prose ends f.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth th Pistill of Othea the goddesse whiche sent it to Hector
whan he was xv yere of age (f. 200v)
“The Revisions and Dedications of the Epistle of Othea.”
76 (1958): 266-70: 266).