v MIDDLE ENGLISH PROSE:
v 1) Ancrene Riwle:
* It means ‘Rules for the Anchoresses’.
* It is written probably in 1225 perhaps by Bishop Poore of Salisbury.
* It has come down to us in English French and Latin versions and possibly the English Version is original.
* It is a book of ex excellent religious advice and comfort written for three ladies who wished to live a religious life, without, however, becoming nuns or entering any religious orders.
* It has eight distinct books. They are written in tradition of old English Homiletic prose. They also give some advice on domestic matters relating food, clothing etc.
* The work is remarkable for its proverbial quality its bestiary allusions, its familiar illustrations from everyday life, its common metaphor and above all its humour.
v 2) The Ayenbite of Inwyt:
* It is written by Dan Michel of Northgate in 1340.
* It is a translation of French work.
* It has no literary value but from the linguistic point of view it is the most important text in South-eastern and more particularly the Kentish dialect.