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The Kingis Quair and Other Prison Poems (Paperback)

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

Imprint: Medieval Institute Publications
Pages: 214
ISBN: 9781580440936
Published: 31st December 2005
Casemate UK Academic


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Readers have noticed that the fifteenth century saw a remarkable flourishing of poems written in conditions of physical captivity or on the subject of imprisonment. The largest body of this poetry is from the pen of Charles of Valois, duke of Orléans, who was captured by the English at the battle of Agincourt in 1415 and not released until 1440. The longest single poem on the subject is James I of Scotland’s The Kingis Quair, purportedly written at the time of his release from an eighteen-year imprisonment in England .This volume reflects the wide scope of these “prison poems” by bringing together a new edition of The Kingis Quair, a selection from Charles d’Orleans’ Fortunes Stabilnes, a poem by George Ashby, who was imprisoned in London’s Fleet prison, and the poems of two other poets, both anonymous, who wrote about physical and/or emotional imprisonment.

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