Robert Henryson (1425-1506)

Robert Henryson (1425-1506)

He was a teacher at the Benedictine Abbey Grammar School at Dunfermline. He was a well educated person with a university degree and he composed many devotional songs. However, he is best known for his short narrative poems including a collection of thirteen fables in The Morall Fabillis of Esope and his continuation of the story of Cryseyde (The Testament of Cresseid). Henryson specialises in saying in a brief space. His collection of animal fables has been drawn from Aesop’s fables and from the stories about Reynard the Fox. These fables explore the variety of ways in which animals can be read and interpreted in accordance with the human scheme of knowledge. The Testament of Cresseid was written in rhyme royal. His other important works are Orpheus and Eurydice, Robene and Makyne and Garmont of Gude Ladies. His longest work is The Morall Fabillis of Esope.

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