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The Archangel Michael Driving Lucifer And His Angels From Heaven, In John Lydgate's 'Troy Book' And 'Siege Of Thebes', And Other Poems

The Archangel Michael Driving Lucifer And His Angels From Heaven, 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.161v

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. The text of this age was written in the 1450s or 1460s, but the space for the miniature was left blank until the 16th century, when an artist working in a Flemish style filled the space. The rubric below the image reads 'Nota: how that werre (war) fyrst began in hevyn by pryde and surquedye (arrogance) of proude Lucyfer'

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