The English Text of the Ancrene Riwle
|Editor||J.R.R. Tolkien, N.R. Ker (introduction)|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press, for the Early English Text Society|
|Released||7 December 1962|
|Series||Early English Text Society. Original series, no. 249|
Ancrene Wisse: The English Text of the Ancrene Riwle is an edition of the 13th-century religious text Ancrene Wisse by J.R.R. Tolkien, originally published by Oxford University Press in 1962, at the commission of the Early English Text Society.
Ancrene Wisse (sometimes also Ancrene Riwle) is early Middle English for "Anchoresses' Guide", it is a guide or set of rules on the lives of female religious recluses. There are several surviving manuscripts of this text, one of the most important of which is known as "MS CCCC 402",[note 1] which was especially interested by Tolkien, and was the basis for this volume.
The book contains an introduction by N.R. Ker and a prefatory note by Tolkien, the main text is in Middle English, untranslated. It also presents on frontispiece two pages from the "MS CCCC 402" manuscript.
Publication history and gallery[edit | edit source]
- Oxford University Press, hardcover (1962), pp. 244. ISBN 0197222498
- Oxford University Press, paperback (2013), pp. 252. ISBN 978-1843843443
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- Order the reprint on OUP.com
- MS. Corpus Christi College Cambridge 402