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ABC

ABC  

One of Chaucer's shorter poems (184 lines, in eight-line stanzas). It is a translation of a prayer to the Virgin (Seinte Marie) in the Pelerinaige de la vie humaine (1331 ...
Abigail

Abigail  

In 1 Samuel 25, the wife of Nabal and subsequently of David. The name came to signify a waiting‐woman, from the name of the ‘waiting‐gentlewoman’ in The Scornful Lady by ...
Absolon

Absolon  

The Oxford parish clerk in The Miller's Tale, the rival of the clerk Nicholas for the affections of Alison. We are given a formal portrait of him (I.3312–80). He has ...
Absolon

Absolon  

In the Old Testament, the son of King David (2 Sam. 13–19:8), whose beauty and whose splendid head of hair (2 Sam. 14:26) were famous. In medieval literature he became ...
Achademycis

Achademycis  

‘the scoles of … Achademycis’ [L. Academicis studiis], the ‘Academy’, the school of philosophy founded by Plato (in a grove of olive trees near Athens sacred to the hero Academus), mentioned in Boece ...
Achātēs

Achātēs  

Character in mythology, faithful lieutenant of Aeneas in the Aeneid; a late source ascribes to him the killing of Protesilaus (Eustathius Ad Iliadem 2. 701).T. Weber, Fidus Achates (1988).[...]
Achitofel

Achitofel  

The wicked counsellor of King David, who incited Absolon (1) to rebel against his father (2 Sam. 15–17), cited as a famous traitor in The Book of the Duchess (1118).[...]
Adam

Adam  

Chaucer's scribe (see book), the subject of the poem Adam (sometimes called ‘Adam Scriveyn’ or, from the rubric in the only surviving MS, 'Chaucers Wordes unto Adam, His Owne Scriveyn) ...
Adoon

Adoon  

The son of Myrrha (Mirra). His beauty captivated Venus. When, in spite of her warnings, he went hunting and was killed by a boar, she caused the anemone to spring ...
Adriane

Adriane  

Ariadne, daughter of King Minos of Crete, fell in love with Theseus, and gave him a thread so that he could find his way out of the Labyrinth (Laboryntus) after ...

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