Poems by Chaucer, Hoccleve and Lydgate

Poems by Chaucer, Hoccleve and Lydgate

England (United Kingdom) — ca. 1450

Poems by Chaucer, Hoccleve and Lydgate

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Poems by Chaucer, Hoccleve and Lydgate

Likely originating from ca. 1450, this manuscript represents a compilation of minor works from leading English literary figures of the Late Middle Ages. They include Geoffrey Chaucer (ca. 1342/43–1400), the author of the famous Canterbury Tales, Thomas Hoccleve (1368–1426), and John Lydgate of Bury (ca. 1370 – ca. 1451). The text is preceded by a full-page miniature with a floral border and a coat of arms that hints at the secular nature of the poems. It is divided into three parts: dressed in red at the top, Jupiter looks down at Mars in full armor and an ermine-lined cape on the left, to the right of which a nude Venus crowned with flowers and surrounded by doves stands in a river, while in the corner Vulcan works at his anvil. The English text, a fascinating source for literary historians, is neatly written in a single column and is embellished by red and blue miniatures.


Alternative Titles
Gedichte von Chaucer, Hoccleve und Lydgate
ca. 1450
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Commentary: 1 volume by John Norton-Smith
Language: English
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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