A Lancastrian Mirror for Princes: The Yale Law School New Statutes of England
By: Rosemarie McGerr (author)Hardback
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This seminal study addresses one of the most beautifully decorated 15th-century copies of the New Statutes of England, uncovering how the manuscript's unique interweaving of legal, religious, and literary discourses frames the reader's perception of the work. Taking internal and external evidence into account, Rosemarie McGerr suggests that the manuscript was made for Prince Edward of Lancaster, transforming a legal reference work into a book of instruction in kingship, as well as a means of celebrating the Lancastrians' rightful claim to the English throne during the Wars of the Roses. A Lancastrian Mirror for Princes also explores the role played by the manuscript as a commentary on royal justice and grace for its later owners and offers modern readers a fascinating example of the long-lasting influence of medieval manuscripts on subsequent readers.
Rosemarie McGerr is Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Medieval Studies Institute at Indiana University Bloomington. She is author of Chaucer's Open Books: Resistance to Closure in Medieval Discourse and The Pilgrimage of the Soul: A Critical Edition of the Middle English Dream Vision.
Preface Introduction: The Margin and the Center--Framing a Reading of a Legal Manuscript 1. The Yale New Statutes Manuscript and Medieval English Statute Books: Similarities and Differences 2. Royal Portraits and Royal Arms: The Iconography of the Yale New Statutes Manuscript 3. The Queen and the Lancastrian Cause: The Yale New Statutes Manuscript and Margaret of Anjou 4. Educating the Prince: The Yale New Statutes Manuscript and Lancastrian Mirrors for Princes 5. "Grace Be Our Guide": The Cultural Significance of a Medieval Law Book Appendix 1: Chronology of Events Appendix 2: Codicological Description of New Haven, Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Law Library MssG +St11 no.1 Notes Bibliography Index Plates appear after page 000.
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