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Thomas of Erceldoune’s prophecy, Eleanor Hull’s Commentary on the penitential Psalms, and Thomas Norton’s Ordinal of alchemy

, ‘Lystyns, lordyngs, … I sall ȝow tell al strew a tale / Als euer was herde by nyghte or daye’, which shall include his telling of ‘Batells donne sythene many a ȝere; / And of batells ϸat done sall bee’.16 Such a conventional opening invites identification of the narrator as a poet providing a traditional oral performance of the work, whose written form includes those legacies of the oral tradition. This first-person becomes attributed to Thomas explicitly not many lines later: ‘Als I me went’, and sat under the tree, ‘I herde ϸe jaye … als I laye’.17 Thus the initial ‘I

in Participatory reading in late-medieval England