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Bte Pret Im6rp gelfremman 4. Worcester Fragment B. Printed from Worcester Cathedral Library MS 174 by J. Hall, Selections from Early Middle English, Part I, p. 2, line 10 fl. nden. 31 j, , -, MIDDLE s. Legamon's ENGLISH ALLITERATIVE POETRY Brut. Printed from BL Cotton CaIigula A ix by J. Hall, p. 100, line 287 ft. [Rouwenne pe lhende lsat bi pan lkinge;. pe [kfng beo 13eome bilheold heo was hun an IMorte Ileaf l6fte he heo lcuste lotte he heo lclupte. AI his jm6d and his [main IMide to pan InuHdeoe.

R. Hulbert's influential 'Hypothesis concerning the Alliterative Revival' in 1931), and the whole phrase,

Williams, in 1970, at the beginning of a commissioned survey of alliterative poetry in Middle English, expresses an initial wariness about the task that lies before him: There are some difficulties about treating all the poems of the movement together in a brief space .... They cover . . " 34 THE ALLITERATIVE REVIVAL: ORIGINS AND SOCIAL BACKGROUNDS Thorlac TurviUe-Petre found it possible to resist such threats in his valuable book on 'The Alliterative Revival' in 1977 but there were some among his reviewers who doubted whether such a book could be or should have been written.

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