Berners, Juliana

Berners, Bernes, or Barnes, Juliana

(bŭr`nərz, bärnz), supposed early 15th-century author of a popular verse treatise on hunting. The treatise is included in The Book of St. Albans (1486), a collection treating the arts of heraldry, hawking, and field sports. If Juliana was the author, she is one of the earliest women writers in English; although tradition designates her the prioress of a nunnery in Hertfordshire, nothing is actually known of her life.

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See facsimile edition with introduction by W. Blades (1881).

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