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From the time of Brut auctors do specify
John Lydgate, ‘The Kings of England sithen William Conqueror’
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992) TM 452; revised version, with fifteen introductory stanzas, then as 5731
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘The Kings of England sithen William Conqueror’
Subjects: kings of England
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 372, ff. 51-53v
First Lines:
FRoom tyme of brute auctours do specefye
two hundrid & fowre & twenty be successioun…
Last Lines:
…of vertuous liff and chose hym for his knyht
long to reioissh and regne heere in his riht
Note: Lydgate, Kings of England, preceded by fifteen introductory stanzas for the kings from Alfred to Harold, then continues with William the Conqueror as in 5731; with names of the kings in outer margins beside each stanza; ends ‘explicit’ (f. 53v).
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 710-16.
2.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 210, ff. 14v-42v
First Lines:
from tyme of Brewte awtoris do specyfye
ij C kyngis & xxiiij by succesyon…
Last Lines:
…of vertuos lyfe god chose hym for hys knyght
Long to reioesse and reyn in hys ryght
Note: Interspersed through a prose chronicle.
Attributed Author: Versus of Iohn Lydgate monke of bery (f. 14v)
3.Source: Peterborough, Peterborough Central Library Ailred of Rievaux, Life of Edward and Confessor , ff. 49-52v
First Lines:
From tyme of Brute Autors don specyfye
ijCC xxiiij yerys by succession…
Last Lines:
…To reigne in Englond [ ] yere
Beryed at Chertsey thus sayth myn aucter
Note: Interspersed through a prose chronicle
Attributed Author: Versus of Iohn Lydgate monke of bery (f. 14v)