Simon Walker: Usurpation, 10 June 1999
Show More England’s Empty Throne: Usurpation and the Language of Legitimation, 1399-1422 by Paul Strohm.
Yale, 274 pp., £25, August 1998, 0 300 07544 8Show More
“... actions would, if unchecked, infect the whole land with error. Hoccleve and his contemporary, John Lydgate, occupy a pivotal position in Strohm’s account. His careful contextualisation of their writing shows how concerned poems like Hoccleve’s Regement of Princes, finished in 1411, and Lydgate’s Troy Book, composed during Henry V’s reign, were to ...”