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The Sinful KnightsA Study of Middle English Penitential Romance$
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Andrea Hopkins

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198117629

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117629.001.0001

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Penance: A Brief History

Penance: A Brief History

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(p.32) 2 Penance: A Brief History
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The Sinful Knights
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ANDREA HOPKINS

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117629.003.0002

This chapter provides a description of penance in the romances, and its subsequent bearing towards a greater resemblance to the ‘solemn penance’ meted out in the Middle Ages. It contains a brief review of the history of penance and views of a simpler, more direct and more archaic idea of the forgiveness of sin.

Keywords:   penance, romances, solemn penance, Middle Ages, history, forgiveness, sin

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