Lydgate, John

Lydgate, John
(?1370-?1451)
   He was born at Lidgate, Suffolk, and at fifteen was a novice in the Benedictine abbey of Bury St. Edmunds, where he became a priest in 1397. He knew Chaucer, who was his inspiration as a poet. That he knew what it was like to be poor in London is portrayed in his poem "London Lackpenny." He celebrated in verse Henry V's return to London after Agincourt in 1415 and was regularly court poet from 1422. In this last years he wrote his Testament, declaring his readiness for death. He died at Bury St. Edmunds while translating the Secreta Secretorum (Secrets of Old Philosophers). Most of his works have been produced by various publishers within the last two centuries. His vast output can be grouped thus: narrative or epic-3; devotional-6; hagiological5; philosophical and scientific-3; allegories, fables, and moral romances-11; historical (political)-3; and social satire-3. Some of his poems: "A Kalendare," "Bycorne and Chychevache," "The Boy Serving at Table," "The Daunce of Machabree," "The Floure of Curtesy," "The Servant of Cupyde Forsaken."
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