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SCOTNOTES Study Guides

The Poems of

Gerald Baird

Published in: Paperback.
By: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 1996
Price: £5.95
ISBN 978-0-948877-29-2

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Robert Henryson, along with his contemporary William Dunbar, is one of the most significant figures of medieval Scottish literature and is a distinctive voice in the fifteenth-century Northern Renaissance. His subtle use of language and careful balance of humour with high seriousness presents a picture of a vigourous and compassionate intellect, firmly rooted in his society and yet engaging with the wider world.

Gerald Baird’s Scotnote explores Henryson’s major works – the Fables, The Testament of Cresseid, Orpheus and Euridice and Robene and Makyne – and provides detailed information for senior school pupils and students at all levels.


  • Introduction
  • Background
    1. What we know about Henryson
    2. How to read Henryson
    3. The Middle Ages
    4. Some literary background
  • The Fables
  • The Testament of Cresseid
  • Orpheus and Euridice
  • Robene and Makyne
  • Things to think about
  • Bibliography


Last updated 19 October 2010.