Information on cmpurvey-m3

PPCME2 information

Text name Purvey's General Prologue to the Bible
File name cmpurvey-m3
Manuscript Harley 1666, British Library, London (pp. 1-57) and University Library Mm. II.15, Cambridge (pp. 57-60)
Date a1450 (a1397) (?Helsinki says c1388)
Dialect Southern
Genre Religious treatise
Edition Forshall, Josiah and Frederic Madden. 1850. The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments, with the apocraphal books, in the earliest English versions made from the Latin Vulgate by John Wycliffe and his followers, Vol. 1. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Reprinted 1982 (New York: AMS Press).
Sample Exhaustive
Remarks

John Purvey was Wycliffe's secretary and "glossator". He was probably born around 1354 in Lathbury (one mile north of Newport Pagnell, about five miles south of Olney). He was ordained priest in 1377 and was a great scholar. From 1382 he lived with Wycliffe at Lutterworth, and after Wycliffe's death in 1384, at Bristol.

Purvey is probably the author of the General Prologue and is generally believed to be a leader in the revising of the Early Version of the Wycliffite Bible that resulted in the Late Version (see the Old Testament and the New Testament (Wycliffite)).

Helsinki Corpus information

File name CMPURVEY
Text identifier M3 IR RELT WYCPROL
Text name WYCL PROL
Author PURVEY JOHN
Period M3
Date of original 1350-1420
Date of manuscript 1350-1420
Contemporaneity NON-CONTEMP
Dialect SL
Verse or prose PROSE
Text type REL TREAT
Relationship to foreign original X
Foreign original X
Relationship to spoken language WRITTEN
Sex of author MALE
Age of author 40-60
Social rank of author PROF
Audience description X
Participant relationship X
Interaction X
Setting X
Prototypical text category INSTR REL
Sample SAMPLE X