Exeter Book

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Exeter Book,

manuscript volume of Old English religious and secular poetry, of various dates of composition, compiled c.975 and given to Exeter Cathedral by Bishop Leofric (d. 1072).

Bibliography

See edition by G. P. Krapp and E. V. K. Dobbie (1936). See studies by C. Williamson (1977), J. Roberts (1979), and J. E. Anderson (1986).

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The first masterwork of wordplay is a collection of nearly one hundred riddles found in the seventh-century Exeter Book (Codex Exoniensis).

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