The Vercelli Book


The Vercelli Book comprises 135 folios, and although the manuscript was probably compiled and written in the late 10th century, not all of the texts found in the manuscript were originally written at that time. The poems ascribed to Cynewulf ("The Fates of the Apostles" and "Elene") could have been created much earlier. The Vercelli Book contains 23 prose homilies (the Vercelli Homilies) and a prose vita of Saint Guthlac, interspersed with six poems:

  • "Andreas"
  • "The Fates of the Apostles"
  • "Soul and Body"
  • "Dream of the Rood"
  • "Elene"
  • a fragment of a homiletic poem

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