William of Nassyngton

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William of Nassyngton (died 1354) was an English clerical administrator and translator from Nassington in Northamptonshire.


He is the author of the Middle English poem Speculum Vitae (The Mirror of Life),[1] written in the middle to late 14th century. This consists of a commentary on the Lord's Prayer.

The poem derives from a prose French work, Somme le roi, dated 1279.[2]


  1. ^ A sample of the text appears on the Speculum Vitae page. The whole text: William of Nassington (2008). Speculum vitae. Early English Text Society (Series), No. 331–332. Edited by Ralph Hanna and Venetia Somerset. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.
  2. ^ Sullivan, Matthew. "Nassington, William". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/19805.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)