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Lydgate’s saintly poetics

Anke Bernau

in Sanctity As Literature In Late Medieval Britain

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780719089701
eISBN:
9781526104243
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719089701.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature

John Lydgate’s double legend of the two British saints Albon and Amphibalus features three important strategies of Lydgate’s saintly poetics: the discourse of laureation, the employment of ‘colours’, ... More


Duke Humfrey and Other Imaginary Readers

Daniel Wakelin

in Humanism, Reading, and English Literature 1430-1530

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199215881
eISBN:
9780191706899
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215881.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter evaluates images of the ‘implied reader’, Humfrey Duke of Gloucester, in letters by Italian scholars, The Fall of Princes by John Lydgate, and the anonymous On Husbondrie. It considers ... More


Narrating vernacular sanctity: the Scottish Legendary as a challenge to the ‘literary turn’ in fifteenth-century hagiography

Eva von Contzen

in Sanctity As Literature In Late Medieval Britain

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780719089701
eISBN:
9781526104243
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719089701.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature

The late fourteenth-century Scottish Legendary narrates the stories of the saints quite differently from John Lydgate. This difference is due to a change in hagiographic narration more generally: ... More


Lydgate's Libraries: Duke Humfrey, Bury St. Edmunds, and the Fall of Princes

Jennifer Summit

in Memory's Library: Medieval Books in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226781716
eISBN:
9780226781723
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226781723.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter presents and examines the implications of the following argument: while the fifteenth-century “age of libraries” took place against the backdrop of expanded literacy in late medieval ... More


Lydgate’s Kneeling Retraction: The Testament as a Literary Palinode

Sebastian Sobecki

in Last Words: The Public Self and the Social Author in Late Medieval England

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780198790778
eISBN:
9780191886072
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198790778.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In this chapter I show that John Lydgate’s Testament is not a rejection of his secular career but a literary palinode that attempts to impress a sense of coherence onto a diverse body of work. As the ... More


“Dredful Fotyng”: Reenacting Danse macabre’s Poetic Form

Seeta Chaganti

in Strange Footing: Poetic Form and Dance in the Late Middle Ages

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226547992
eISBN:
9780226548180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226548180.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter argues that the experience of danse macabre poetry’s form is a temporal and spatial disorientation. The danse macabre spectacle conditions the reader/viewer to bring these perceptual ... More


John Lydgate's Fall of Princes: Narrative Tragedy in its Literary and Political Contexts

Nigel Mortimer

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199275014
eISBN:
9780191705939
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275014.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The Fall of Princes by the Benedictine writer John Lydgate (c.1370-1450) is a translation of Giovanni Boccaccio's De casibus virorum illustrium (1355-60) via an intermediary French prose version by ... More


The Idea of Public Poetry in Lydgatean Religious Verse: Authority and the Common Voice in Devotional Literature

John T. Sebastian

in Medieval Poetics and Social Practice: Responding to the Work of Penn R. Szittya

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780823243242
eISBN:
9780823243280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823243242.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

John T. Sebastian conceives of social and religious communities through the articulation of “common voice.” Building on Anne Middleton's formulation that public poetry speaks in a common voice on ... More


East Anglian Margarets: Lydgate, Bokenham, and the Harley 4012 compiler

Juliana Dresvina

in A Maid with a Dragon: The Cult of St Margaret of Antioch in Medieval England

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780197265963
eISBN:
9780191772061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265963.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

Given that the cult of St Margaret was particularly strong in the East Anglian region (a quarter of all church dedications to St Margaret in England are found in Norfolk and Margaret was the most ... More


Petrified Unrest: Succession and Descent in Lancastrian Verse

Alex Davis

in Imagining Inheritance from Chaucer to Shakespeare

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780198851424
eISBN:
9780191886010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198851424.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

In 1399, Henry Bolingbroke seized the throne from Richard II. This chapter examines the crisis of legitimacy that marked the rule of Henry IV and his successors as it plays itself out in two key ... More


Birds: The Ornament of the Air

DOROTHY YAMAMOTO

in The Boundaries of the Human in Medieval English Literature

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198186748
eISBN:
9780191718564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186748.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

In the Bestiary, birds are treated as a self-contained and distinctive form of creation. Lévi-Strauss suggests that it is precisely because birds are so different from humans that they can be ... More


Valentines

Ronald Hutton

in The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198205708
eISBN:
9780191676758
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205708.003.0014
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, British and Irish Early Modern History

Two out of the three most celebrated fourteenth-century writers from England, Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower, mentioned the same popular belief: that the birds choose their mates upon the feast of ... More


‘My Skyn To Turne’: Beholding the Series in Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Selden Supra 53

David Watt

in The Making of Thomas Hoccleve's Series

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780859898690
eISBN:
9781781385203
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780859898690.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The premise for this chapter is that the best way to understand what people made of the Series is to look closely at what people actually made of it. The layout and texts in MS Selden Supra 53 ... More


John Lydgate, Fall of Princes, 1431–1439

Rita Copeland and Ineke Sluiter (eds)

in Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric: Language Arts and Literary Theory, AD 300 -1475

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199653782
eISBN:
9780191803628
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199653782.003.0055
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter discusses Fall of Princes, a poem written by John Lydgate around 1431–1439. A translation of Laurent de Premierfait's Des cas des nobles hommes et femmes, Fall of Princes offers an ... More


“A Certain Slant of Light”: Reenacting Danse macabre as Dance

Seeta Chaganti

in Strange Footing: Poetic Form and Dance in the Late Middle Ages

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226547992
eISBN:
9780226548180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226548180.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter reenacts danse macabre as a multimedia installation tradition by juxtaposing it with Lucinda Childs’s 1979 choreographic work Dance. The reenactment process reveals danse macabre to ... More


Wondering at Ruins: Vallans, Spenser, and the Reformation of St Alban

Stewart Mottram

in Ruin and Reformation in Spenser, Shakespeare, and Marvell

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780198836384
eISBN:
9780191873638
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198836384.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter explores Spenser’s ambivalence towards the violence of reformation, and its ruination, not just of medieval monasteries, but the lives and legends of saints in monastic manuscripts. It ... More


Heavenly Inheritances

Alex Davis

in Imagining Inheritance from Chaucer to Shakespeare

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780198851424
eISBN:
9780191886010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198851424.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

Christian scripture repeatedly has recourse to the language of inheritance, as in the promise offered in the sermon on the mount: ‘Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth’ (Matthew 5: ... More


Imagining Inheritance from Chaucer to Shakespeare

Alex Davis

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780198851424
eISBN:
9780191886010
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198851424.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This book explores how inheritance was imagined between the lifetimes of Chaucer and Shakespeare. The writing composed during this period was the product of what the historian Georges Duby has called ... More


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