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Berners, Juliana

Berners, Bernes, or Barnes, Juliana bŭr´nərz, bärnz [key], supposed early 15th-century author of a popular verse treatise on hunting. The treatise is included in The Book of St. Albans (1486), a collection treating the arts of heraldry, hawking, and field sports. If Juliana was the author, she is one of the earliest women writers in English although tradition designates her the prioress of a nunnery in Hertfordshire, nothing is actually known of her life.

See facsimile edition with introduction by W. Blades (1881).

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