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Title: John Lydgate's 'Life of Our Lady' : form and transmission
Author: Wellesley, Mary
ISNI:       0000 0004 7429 2122
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis is a study of the form and transmission of John Lydgate’s Life of Our Lady. The Life survives in over fifty manuscripts that date from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries. It was also printed several times in the pre-modern period. The thesis examines the ways in which the text was presented in these various forms and shows what such forms suggest about the transmission of the poem. It discusses the manuscripts’ physical construction, design and decoration. It taxonomizes the types of textual apparatus that accompany the text and considers textual extraction and modification. These aspects of the manuscripts show how the poem’s meaning was framed in a variety of cultural contexts and demonstrate the role played by nonauthorial figures in shaping the Life for its readers. All the located manuscripts are described in an appendix at the end.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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