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John Lydgate: Troy Book - Selections (Paperback)

P&S History > Medieval World > Medieval Language & Literature

Imprint: Medieval Institute Publications
Pages: 440
ISBN: 9781879288997
Published: 31st January 1998
Casemate UK Academic


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To introduce John Lydgate’s landmark poem the Troy Book to students and non-specialist readers, the editor has selected the essential passages from the poem and bridges any gaps with textual summaries. Also included are an introduction, gloss, notes, and a glossary. John Lydgate, a monk of the great Benedictine abbey of Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk, began composing the poem, an ambitious attempt at recounting the Trojan War in Middle English, in October 1412 on commission from Henry, Prince of Wales (later King Henry V), and completed it in 1420. The poem is an interesting study for those interested in medieval approaches to classical sources, as well as for its often contradictory and complicated take on contemporary chivalry.

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