Reading temporally
Thomas of Erceldoune’s prophecy, Eleanor Hull’s Commentary on the penitential Psalms, and Thomas Norton’s Ordinal of alchemy
in Participatory reading in late-medieval England

This chapter explores the significance of time to reading experiences by focusing on three fifteenth-century texts that encourage readers to make temporal choices as part of their reading experiences: Thomas of Erceldoune’s Prophesy, a prophetic text focused on the relationship between Thomas Rhymer and the Queen of Faerie; Dame Eleanor Hull’s Commentary on the Psalms; and Thomas Norton’s Ordinal of Alchemy. In the way these writers and texts invite readers to make temporal choices and interpretations through the reading process, they encourage readers to perform reading shaped by temporality. Such temporal performativity includes inviting readers to rethink relationships created by the chronology of history by moving nonlinearly through time.

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