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3 See Shu-Han Luo, ‘Tender Beginnings in the Exeter Book Riddles ’, in Childhood and Adolescence in Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture , ed. Susan Irvine and Winfried Rudolf (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018), pp. 71–94; Harriet Soper, ‘Reading the Exeter Book Riddles as Life-Writing’, RES , 68.287 (2017), 841–65.
, ‘Manipulating Reputations: Sir Thomas More,
Sir Thomas Elyot, and the Conclusion of William Roper’s Lyfe of
Sir Thomas Moore, Knighte’, in Thomas F. Mayer and D.R. Woolf
(eds), The Rhetorics of Life-Writing in Early Modern Europe: Forms of
Biography from Cassandra Fedele to Louis XIV (Ann Arbor, MI: The
University of Michigan Press, 1995), pp. 133–61.
24 Regrettably, there is no room here to discuss in depth the explicit rhetorical and ‘literary’ techniques exploited by the Lives’ authors, or the
effect of More’s own texts on the Lives’ structure and style. The few
Riddles as Life-Writing’, The Review of English Studies , 68 (2017), 841–65 (pp. 859–60 on hagosteald ).
24 ‘The Unexpected Treasure of the “Implement Trope”’.
25 DiNapoli, ‘In the Kingdom of the Blind’, p. 444.
26 Williamson (ed.), The Old English Riddles , p. 193. Williamson also mentions two other solutions championed by Trautmann and Kay respectively: ‘hawk’ or ‘falcon’ and ‘double entendre “sword” and “phallus” with an emphasis upon the latter’ (ibid.).
27 I take
Discussions of twelfth-century Insular writing have long emphasized its engagement with questions of identity (race, nation, language, region, gender), devotion, personal loyalties and collective beliefs that were at issue in the post-Conquest period, whether that is through history and chronicle, lifewriting, theology, geography and travel writing, political treatises, or fictional narrative.
This chapter concentrates on a strikingly ambitious twelfth-century text – The