Mummings and Entertainments

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Mummings and Entertainments

ISBN: 9781580441483

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John Lydgate is known as the most distinguished poet of fifteenth-century England. This volume presents his brilliant and underappreciated dramatic texts written for both private and public entertainment, encompassing both religious and secular topics. This is the first time since 1934 that many of these poems have been reprinted or reedited. They are published here with an extensive gloss and notes, as well as a glossary and an introduction, making them accessible to a new generation of students of the Middle Ages. These works are indispensible to any study of medieval English drama.

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Acknowledgments
Introduction
Mummings and Entertainments
1. Bycorne and Chychevache
2. Disguising at Hertford
3. Disguising at London
4. Henry VI’s Triumphal Entry into London
5. The Legend of St. George
6. Mesure Is Tresour
7. Mumming at Bishopswood
8. Mumming at Eltham
9. Mumming at Windsor
10. Mumming for the Goldsmiths of London
11. Mumming for the Mercers of London
12. Of the Sodein Fal of Princes in Oure Dayes
13. Pageant of Knowledge
14. A Procession of Corpus Christi
15. Soteltes at the Coronation Banquet of Henry VI
Explanatory Notes
Textual Notes
Appendix
Mumming of the Seven Philosophers
Margaret of Anjou’s Entry into London, 1445
Bibliography
Glossary

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Claire Sponsler was Professor of English at the University of Iowa. She specialized in medieval literature, with a special interest in the overlapping areas of book history, performance, and cultural studies.

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2010

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Medieval Institute Publications