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The life of St Edmund, King and martyr : John Lydgate's illustrated verse life presented to Henry VI : a facsimile of British Library MS Harley 2278

Author: John Lydgate; A S G Edwards; Henry, King of England; British Library.
Publisher: London : British Library, 2004.
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"On Christmas Eve 1433, the young King Henry VI arrived at the abbey Bury St. Edmunds, one of the largest religious foundations in fifteenth-century England. He remained there until Easter and at the end of his stay was admitted to the abbey's confraternity. To cement the abbey's relationship with the king, Abbot William Curteys conceived the idea of commemorating Henry's visit with a 'life' of the Anglo-Saxon king,  Read more...
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Lydgate, John, 1370?-1451?
Life of St Edmund, King and martyr.
London : British Library, 2004
(OCoLC)607533776
Named Person: Edmund, King of East Anglia; Fremund, Saint; John Lydgate; Edmund, King of East Anglia
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Lydgate; A S G Edwards; Henry, King of England; British Library.
ISBN: 0712348719 9780712348713
OCLC Number: 59265769
Language Note: Facsimile in Middle English; introduction in English.
Notes: Facsimile contains the text of Lydgate's poem, known as The lives of Saints Edmund and Fremund.
Description: 23 pages, [240] pages : color facsimiles ; 26 cm
Other Titles: Lives of Saints Edmund and Fremund
Responsibility: introduction by A.S.G. Edwards.

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"On Christmas Eve 1433, the young King Henry VI arrived at the abbey Bury St. Edmunds, one of the largest religious foundations in fifteenth-century England. He remained there until Easter and at the end of his stay was admitted to the abbey's confraternity. To cement the abbey's relationship with the king, Abbot William Curteys conceived the idea of commemorating Henry's visit with a 'life' of the Anglo-Saxon king, St. Edmund, the patron saint of the abbey." "The man charged with the task of translating the 'life' of St. Edmund was John Lydgate, a monk at the abbey and the preeminent poet of the fifteenth century. It is hard to overstate the importance of the resulting manuscript, both as a monument to the development of the English language, and for its illustrations - 120 images, forming narrative sequences integrated to form a coherent visual parallel to the text and with a careful fidelity to detail. The completed manuscript that was presented to the young king remained in his library until after his deposition, and although it left royal hands for a time, it reappears in the inventories of the library of Henry VIII. It is now in The British Library."--Jacket.

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