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Text name Cursor Mundi
File name Not included in PPCME2
Manuscript Cotton Vespasian A III, British Library, London
Date a1400 (a1325)
Dialect Northern
Genre History
Edition Morris, R., The Cursor Mundi, EETS OS 57, 59, 62, 66, 68 (London, 1874, 1875, 1876, 1877, 1878)

The Cursor Mundi is a poem of 19,547 lines (in the Vespasian ms., the most complete version) written almost entirely in short couplets, although other types of lines appear in a few places. It gathers together most of the religious material of the time, consisting of a prologue and seven parts which correspond to the Seven Ages of the World. There are also some further additions which appear in only some manuscripts. Much of the material is biblical but it also includes treatments of most religious topics of any interest in its day.