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Middle English

the English language from about 1100 to about 1450: main dialects are Kentish, Southwestern (West Saxon), East Midland (which replaced West Saxon as the chief literary form and developed into Modern English), West Midland, and Northern (from which the Scots of Lowland Scotland and other modern dialects developed)
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As with other volumes in this stupendous series for learners of Middle English language or literature, wide margins gloss difficult words or phrases, footnotes translate foreign passages, and the end matter includes explanatory and textual notes and a full glossary.
Covering the time period from the fifth to the turn of the sixteenth century; this encyclopedia treats topics related to the broad categories of "Old English and Middle English Language and Literature, Music and Liturgy, Art History, and History.
Millett's informative guide to the scholarship on Ancrene Wisse and related works is an intelligently executed addition to the growing body of reference tools available to students of Middle English language and literature.