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Illuminated Initial And Borders, In John Lydgate's 'The Story Of Thebes', And Thomas Hoccleve's 'The Regiment Of Princes' f.34r

Illuminated Initial And Borders, In John Lydgate's 'The Story Of Thebes', And Thomas Hoccleve's 'The Regiment Of Princes' f.34r

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1425

Shelfmark: Additional MS 18632

Item number: f.34r

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

John Lydgate and Thomas Hoccleve were contemporaries, both being born in about 1370 and dying in about 1450. Lydgate was a monk at Bury St. Edmunds, and is remembered primarily as a translator and author of very long Middle English verses. Hoccleve addressed his 'Regiment Of Princes', a didactic poem on the virtues and vices of a ruler, to Henry Prince of Wales, the future King Henry V. At the end of the text of this manuscript is a note recording that it was given to the monastery of Amesbury by Richard Wygynton in 1508. Usually the first text in a volume is ornamented with the most elaborate decoration, but in this manuscript it is the second text, by Hoccleve, that is the most lavish. The initial 'M' ('Musing upon the restles besyness . . .') extends its border around all four sides of the text, interspersed with elaborate floral and foliate designs.

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