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Priam And His Court Mourning Over Hector's Body, In John Lydgate's 'Troy Book' And 'Siege Of Thebes', And Other Poems

Priam And His Court Mourning Over Hector's Body, In John Lydgate's 'Troy Book' And 'Siege Of Thebes', And Other Poems

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1460

Shelfmark: Royal MS 18 D.ii

Item number: f.93r

Length: 39.5

Width: 26.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

John Lydgate (c.1370-c.1450) was probably born at Lidgate in Suffolk; he became a monk of Bury St. Edmunds aged 15, a priest in 1397, and during a long life was a remarkably prolific writer of English verse. This manuscript was written and illuminated in two stages: heraldic evidence suggests that it was begun around 1460, but many of the spaces left for miniatures were left blank. About 60 years later, c.1520, the blank spaces were filled, and further Lydgate texts were added at the beginning and end. This miniature is one of those added in the 16th century. It shows what looks like a Tudor king and his court lamenting the death of the figure in the foreground: it is King Priam and his court morning the death of Hector, portrayed as a contemporary event.

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