Kildare Poems

Kildare LyricsHarley MS 913

Language: Latin, Old French, Middle English

Collection: Harleian Collection

Material: parchment

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The Kildare Poems or Kildare Lyrics (British Library Harley MS 913) are a group of sixteen poems written in an Irish dialect of Middle English and dated to the mid-14th century. Together with a second, shorter set of poems in the so-called Loscombe Manuscript, they constitute the first and most important linguistic document of the early development of Irish English in the centuries after the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland. The sixteen poems have religious and satirical contents. (continued on English Wikipedia)
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