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EDWARD THE CONFESSOR’S SHRINE IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY: THE QUESTION OF METRE

  • Matthew Payne (a1) and Warwick Rodwell (a2)

Abstract

In an earlier paper that looked at the dating of Edward the Confessor’s shrine at Westminster Abbey and which was published in volume 97 of The Antiquaries Journal, the authors suggested that a scribal error in the recording of the original inscription by the fifteenth-century monk Richard Sporley may have led to the incorrect date of 1279 being given for the construction (or, at least, completion) of the shrine. As a result of the debate aroused by that earlier paper, the authors have now reconsidered and slightly amended their original argument.

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Payne, M and Rodwell, W 2017. ‘Edward the Confessor’s shrine in Westminster Abbey: its date of construction reconsidered’, Antiq J, 97, 187204
Stubbs, W (ed) 1882. Chronicles of the Reigns of Edward I and Edward II, Rolls Series 76, Longman, London
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