BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
THE JAMES MARSHALL AND MARIE-LOUISE OSBORN
MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPTS
John Lydgate, 1370?-1451?, The Kings of England Sithen William the
Conqueror (Middle English poem; a roll). England; last quarter of the
15th century. Parchment; 130 x 1900 mm.; 1 column.
Anglicana script with Secretary influence.
Purchased from Myers in 1961. Bequest of James M. Osborn in 1976.
Comments: This roll contains a poem chronicling the reigns of the
Kings of England beginning with William, duke of Normandy and
continuing to the reign of Henry VI (1422-61, 1470-71). The poem is a
later redaction of Lydgate's "The Kings of England Sithen William the
Conqueror." Each king has his own stanza ranging from 8 to 16 lines
(the longest concerning Henry V) which presents the major events of the
reign, his marriage and his burial place, except for the last which
tells only of the crowing of Henry VI in Westminster and in Paris. At
the end is the "Title of France" which concerns King Philip of France
and King Edward. The original poem and this redaction is printed by
McCracken, EETS 192, pp. 717-712.
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