The best piece of advice I have ever been given was from my dad (although I later found out that it was Abraham Lincoln who said it - but even he cribbed it from John Lydgate
so my dad still gets credit
Lincoln - and John Lydgate
, who said it before him - were bang on the money.
The Queen's Dumbshows: John Lydgate
and the Making of Early Theater.
Additionally, the analysis is supplemented with seven complete Middle English texts by John Lydgate
not included in the corpus and one extra manuscript of a text found in CMEPV.
As Gail Gibson points out, the fifteenth-century poet John Lydgate
describes his Procession of Corpus Christi as a representation of 'misteryes':
Altman has contributed a review essay on John Lydgate
and the emergence of Tudor drama, while other reviewers address topics as diverse as mythologies of the Prophet Muhammed and the Red Bull Playhouse.
Claire Sponsler's admirable new book is a corrective to the vision of John Lydgate
as a writer of court, monastery, and city that puts his dramatic entertainments at the center of inquiry.
Much of the study approaches the poet John Lydgate
through the "voice" of John Shirley, the fifteenth-century scribe who copied Lydgate's performance pieces, and the first chapter is spent on the issues of the manuscripts.
Claire Sponsler's The Queens Dumbshows: John Lydgate
and the Making of Early Theater stands both as a testament to the success of these acts of scholarly rehabilitation and as their culmination, for absent from its pages is the defensive posture that was more or less de rigueur among scholars of even a few years ago who felt obligated to justify their decision to take seriously an oft-ridiculed poet believed to be irretrievably mired in the dullness of his very dull century.
According to Kuskin, these moments thought to be singular expressions of modernity "are recursively interconnected with the literature of the previous century, demonstrably contingent upon and subordinating the literary culture of John Lydgate
and William Caxton" (16).
Disclaiming 'a general history of libraries' as her goal, she proceeds through close readings of texts written by a number of important figures of this period: John Lydgate
, Thomas More, Thomas Starkey, Thomas Elyot, Matthew Parker, Edmund Spenser, Robert Cotton, William Camden, John Weever, Francis Bacon, and Thomas James.
I am reminded of the famous words from poet John Lydgate
, adapted by President Abraham Lincoln: "You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time.