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The Apocryphal Adam and Eve in Medieval EuropeVernacular Translations and Adaptations of the Vita Adae et Evae$
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Brian Murdoch

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199564149

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199564149.001.0001

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England, Wales, and Cornwall

England, Wales, and Cornwall

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The Apocryphal Adam and Eve in Medieval Europe

Brian Murdoch (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

There is a very full tradition of vernacular adaptations of the Vita Adae in Middle English prose and verse. Prose versions are independent (as in the Vernon manuscript), or can be incorporated into collections such as the Gilte Legende. There are references in chronicles like that by John Capgrave. Metrical versions include the Canticum de creatione, and there are smaller allusions in the major mystery cycles. Welsh versions are known in prose and verse, but seem not to be connected with other Celtic versions. In the Cornish drama, there is much influence of the Holy Rood material, but little evidence of knowledge of the Vita Adae, although there are other Adam legends present.

Keywords:   Middle English, Gilte Legende, Vernon manuscript, chronicles, John Capgrave, mystery plays, Canticum de creatione, Welsh literature, Cornish drama

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