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London, British Library, Cotton Otho A. xiii, a composite manuscript, was badly damaged in the 1731 Cotton Library fire, and most of its contents were lost. Among the texts destroyed were 13 Middle English homilies. The incipits and explicits of these homilies appearing in Humphrey Wanley’s...
Bodleian MS Locke e. 6, a notebook that belonged to the philosopher John Locke, contains a holograph précis for a romance (most likely in dramatic form) beginning with the name of the main character, ‘Orozes, King of Albania’. Although a handful of Locke scholars has acknowledged the...
It is well known that Milton’s original plan for the subject of the epic poem he intended to write was on King Arthur, and existing scholarship has concentrated on that historical tradition. After the unreliability of that tradition compelled him, under pressure from Renaissance epic theory, to...
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