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The year of grace plainly to describe
Osbern Bokenam, ‘Life of St. Mary Magdalene’ — Prolocutory (282 lines) in couplets; Prologue in eight-line stanzas; Life in rhyme royal
Author(s): Osbern Bokenam
Title(s): ‘Life of St. Mary Magdalene’
Subjects: Mary Magdalene, saint, life of; saints’ lives
Versification: — eight-line, seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Arundel 327, ff. 91v-115
First Lines:
The yer of grace plyenly to decryue
A thowsand four hundryd fourty & fyue…
Last Lines:
…And whan her mortal fate doth hem hens sende
To þe ioye hem bryng wych neuer shal haue ende
Attributed Author: Translated into englys be a doctor of dyuyinte clepyd Osbern Bokenam…Wrytyn in Cambryge by hys sonn ffrer Thomas Burgh (index, f. 193)
Attributed Title: The prolucutorye in to marye mawdel lyf (rubric, f. 91v) The lyf of marye maudeleyn (index, f. 193)
Editions:
Serjeantson, Mary Sidney, ed. Osbern Bokenham: Legendys of Hooly Wummen. EETS o.s. 206 (1938); repr. 1988: 136-72.