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The Vision of Leofric: Manuscript, Text and Context. / Stokes, Peter A.

In: REVIEW OF ENGLISH STUDIES, Vol. 63, No. 261, 12.09.2012, p. 529-550.

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Stokes, PA 2012, 'The Vision of Leofric: Manuscript, Text and Context', REVIEW OF ENGLISH STUDIES, vol. 63, no. 261, pp. 529-550. https://doi.org/10.1093/res/hgr052

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Stokes, P. A. (2012). The Vision of Leofric: Manuscript, Text and Context. REVIEW OF ENGLISH STUDIES, 63(261), 529-550. https://doi.org/10.1093/res/hgr052

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Stokes PA. The Vision of Leofric: Manuscript, Text and Context. REVIEW OF ENGLISH STUDIES. 2012 Sep 12;63(261):529-550. https://doi.org/10.1093/res/hgr052

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Stokes, Peter A. / The Vision of Leofric: Manuscript, Text and Context. In: REVIEW OF ENGLISH STUDIES. 2012 ; Vol. 63, No. 261. pp. 529-550.

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