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The Sinful Knights: A Study of Middle English Penitential Romance

Andrea Hopkins


This book is a detailed study of a small group of Middle English romances which concern themselves with the sin, repentance, and atonement of their heroes. Despite being few in number, the poems – Guy of Warwick, Sir Ysumbras, Sir Gowther, and Robert of Cisyle – form a coherent and distinctive group, and have never previously been studied in association with one another. The author finds that in this closely related group of texts, the kind of penance experienced by the heroes, and its treatment by the authors, reflects archaic traditions and views at variance with the contemporary teaching an ... More

Keywords: Middle English, sin, repentance, atonement, heroes, poems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198117629
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117629.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrea Hopkins, author
formerly of St Catherine's College, Oxford