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Historiated Initial With Thomas Hoccleve, In John Lydgate's 'Lives Of Sts. Edmund And Fremund' And Other Middle English Texts

Historiated Initial With Thomas Hoccleve, In John Lydgate's 'Lives Of Sts. Edmund And Fremund' And Other Middle English Texts

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1450

Shelfmark: Harley MS 4826

Item number: f.84r

Length: 29.5

Width: 21

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

John Lydgate (died c. 1450) was a monk at the abbey of Bury St. Edmunds, and translated the 'Lives of Sts. Edmund and Fremund' from Latin into English to commemorate the visit of King Henry VI to the abbey in 1434-1435. The artist of this volume was probably a member of a workshop based in the town. This historiated initial 'M' introduces the start of 'The Regiment of Princes' by Thomas Hoccleve (c. 1368-c. 1450), a poem about the virtues and vices of rulers, addressed to Henry prince of Wales (the future Henry V). It is probably intended as an author portrait.

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