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John Lydgate's Fall of Princes: Narrative Tragedy in its Literary and Political Contexts

Nigel Mortimer


The Fall of Princes by the Benedictine writer John Lydgate (c.1370-1450) is a translation of Giovanni Boccaccio's De casibus virorum illustrium (1355-60) via an intermediary French prose version by Laurent de Premierfait, the Des Cas des nobles hommes et femmes (1409). The Fall, probably the longest poem in the language, is arguably Lydgate's masterwork, yet until now it has received only cursory critical attention. This book offers the first extended discussion of the poem. The Fall accumulates accounts of nearly 500 figures from mythology and history who have fallen from positions of fame an ... More

Keywords: Fall of Princes, John Lydgate, Giovanni Boccaccio, De casibus, Laurent de Premierfait, Des Cas, advice to princes, Lancastrian dynasty, Henry VI, narrative tragedy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199275014
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275014.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nigel Mortimer, author
Assistant Head and Head of English, Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh