The saints' lives of the Katherine Group and the alliterative tradition
Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 87, .
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The article argues that the place of the early thirteenth-century Middle English saints' lives of the 'Katherine Group' in the English alliterative tradition 'could be less central than has sometimes been assumed. Although their style has features in common with both Old English rhythmical prose and Late Middle English alliterative verse, it cannot be directly linked with either, and the stylistic similarities are not striking enough to demonstrate conclusively that the Lives, or works like them, represent the main channel through which the Old English alliterative tradition reached later medieval poetry. In fact, the stylistic evidence of the Lives suggests a rather different model of Early Middle English literary history, less dominated by religious prose and with a greater variety of coexisting literary traditions.'
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