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Rita Copeland and Ineke Sluiter

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199653782

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199653782.001.0001

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John Lydgate, Fall of Princes, 1431–1439

John Lydgate, Fall of Princes, 1431–1439

Chapter:
(p.854) John Lydgate, Fall of Princes, 1431–1439
Source:
Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric
Author(s):
Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199653782.003.0055

This chapter discusses Fall of Princes, a poem written by John Lydgate around 1431–1439. A translation of Laurent de Premierfait's Des cas des nobles hommes et femmes, Fall of Princes offers an account of rhetoric and establishes a link between orator and poet. It also forges a connection in the political sphere between rhetorical persuasion and the sweet power of poetry to instruct. The poem thus emphasises the capacities of rhetoric as a political art form.

Keywords:   poem, John Lydgate, Laurent de Premierfait, Fall of Princes, rhetoric, orator, poet, persuasion, poetry

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