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The Rhetoric of Riddling in Late-Medieval England: The ‘Oxford’ Riddles the Secretum philosophorum, the Secretum philosophorum, and the Riddles in <i>Piers Plowman</i>

The Rhetoric of Riddling in Late-Medieval England: The ‘Oxford’ Riddles the Secretum philosophorum, the Secretum philosophorum, and the Riddles in Piers Plowman

Latin riddles found in a number of late-fourteenth and fifteenth-century manuscripts as well as in a contemporary English treatise, the Secretum philosophorum, offer a partial solution for Patience’s riddle to the Doctor of Divinity (B.13.151-57), and the revised riddle presented by Conscience in the C text (C.15.158-65a). Changes in the C-text version, which omits any hint of a specially intimate interpretative community, may show that an awareness of his own political risks in riddling was forced on WL by the rebels’ use of riddles in 1381.

Volume

Speculum 70 (1995): 68-105.

Author

Galloway, Andrew