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The Testament of Cresseid

For Robert Henryson's medieval poem, The Testament of Cresseid, the section has been designed in such a way that it can compliment traditional classroom teaching or can be used exclusively as a stand-alone online learning tool. The section is split into seven areas, as listed in the blue tabs that run across the page.

The section areas then appear as a menu down the right hand side of the screen.

The Poem
The Testament of Cresseid section displays the full poem, taken from the 1593 edition published by Robert Charteris, with an accompanying, stanza-by-stanza glossary of terms. The poem is broken into 8 sections, each of approximately 10 stanzas.

The text is displayed stanza-by-stanza, with an accompanying detail from the original source image.

As an additional feature, it is also possible to listen to a spoken version of each stanza, by clicking on the small speaker icon next to the stanza number.

Technical note
Most schools' Internet access systems are restricted to prevent student access to inappropriate material and this can include MP3 files.

An alternative presentation of the poem is available in the
ToCAV section

ToC AV

Using Flash animation this section offers an alternative approach to viewing the poem online.

By clicking on the view details link in Introduction to Printing, a new page opens, with information not only about the specific copy used to illustrate the previous page but also on where other editions can found. At present, the locations listed are hyperlinked to the web sites of each holding library but, if possible in Phase 2, the intention is to link directly to either the relevant library catalogue or the COPAC record.

As with the basic version, the poem is broken into 8 stanzas but in this instance offers a more audio-visual presentation, linking the text to images of the original 1593 edition, held in the British Library. The audio recording, also made exclusively for the project, runs stanza-by-stanza as a continuous reading of each section but by using the playback controls can be stopped, rewound or fast-forwarded.

As with the "Spread of Print" section, this will playback online, with a fast connection, but it is recommended that the files be downloaded and then run from the hard drive, particularly if being used in a classroom situation with multiple users attempting to access the files at the same time.

Technical note
Most schools' Internet access systems are restricted to prevent student access to inappropriate material and this can include MP3 files. While this would block access to the audio clips used with the poem text, the AV version should not be affected as these files are embedded within the Flash movie content.


Online Quiz (Questions)

Following on from text of the poem, is an online multiple-choice quiz on each section, which when completed will illustrate correct and incorrect answers. The corrected quiz, date and time marked, can be printed for further reference.


Study Tools

Study of the poem is further assisted by a Study Tools section, which features a series of specially commissioned supporting notes. Where possible we have asked leading academics to contribute articles for the site, in keeping with the policy of widening access and in order to offer high quality resources.

Subject areas are listed on the Study Tools home page.


The Britain in Print Timeline

As outlined on the Timeline home page, the timeline tool is designed to assist in giving an overview of the context in which printing developed in the period from Gutenberg until 1700.

There are a number of ways to use this feature and full instructions are given on accessing this section.

As previously noted, given the scale of this aspect of the project, there are still gaps to be filled, both in terms of written and visual content but again, it is envisaged that this will continue to expand and develop over the life of the Britain in Print project.

One feature worth highlighting is the Spread of Print in Britain section, which indicates the location and title of the first publication in towns, by year, whenever the Britain in Print option is selected for that given year. By clicking on the title, details of where first editions of this work are currently held will be displayed on screen.


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