Scribal glosses and hidden auctores in the manuscripts of Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde

  1. Tamara Pérez Fernández 1
  1. 1 Universidad de Valladolid

    Universidad de Valladolid

    Valladolid, España


Troianalexandrina: Anuario sobre literatura medieval de materia clásica

ISSN: 1577-5003

Year of publication: 2021

Issue: 21

Pages: 65-88

Type: Article


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