William of Nassyngton

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

Poet[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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.)