William of Shoreham

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William of Shoreham (14th century) was an English poet.

Little is known of his life, but he probably lived in Shoreham, Kent and was vicar of Chart (near Leeds, Kent). Seven poems in English are attributed to him, all contained in a single manuscript now in the British Library (Additional Manuscripts No. 17376). Four of the poems are didactic and address points of Christian doctrine, the other three are in praise of the Virgin Mary (one of them a translation from Robert Grosseteste's Latin). He was once thought to be the author of an English psalter, but this is now considered spurious.

Further reading

  • M. Konrath, The Poems of William of Shoreham (Early English Text Society, 1902)
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