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August 2022

Vol. 65 – An Epistle of Noble Poetrye:’ A Middle English Translation of Christine de Pizan’s ‘Epistre d’Othéa

‘An Epistle of Noble Poetrye’ is a late-fifteenth-century English translation of Christine de Pizan’s ‘L’Epistre d’Othéa’ (ca. 1400). The ‘Epistle’ survives in London, British Library, MS Harley 838, a family volume that passed from Anthony Babyngton (who probably acted as copyist) to his great-grandson and namesake who plotted the assassination of Elizabeth I.