To die ‘surely’ is to die
safely; in other words, in such a way as to achieve ultimate
For the poem itself see John W. Conlee,
MiddleEnglish Debate Poetry , East Lansing, Michigan,
1991, pp. 51
to the King, paid for six 130 months’
service. I commend you to God that He may protect you.
Written at Sully[-sur-Loire] on
the 28th day of March.
32. The Chronicles of London (c.1430?)
Source: C. L. Kingsford, The
Chronicles of London , Oxford, 1905, pp. 96–7.
It is extremely difficult to
Arthurian Prologue – Tradition and the Old French
Vernacular Prologues’, Forum for Modern Language Studies, 6 (1970), pp. 1–23; T.
Hunt, ‘Tradition and Originality in the Prologues of Chrestien de Troyes’, Forum
for Modern Language Studies, 8 (1972), pp. 328–32. For vernacular prologues in
general, see J. Wogan-Browne, N. Watson, A. Taylor and R. Evans (eds), The Idea
of the Vernacular: An Anthology of MiddleEnglish Literary Theory 1280–1520 (Exeter,
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or new, with a novelty, or with some ‘history’ (historia) or verse.
To make a