This book brings together original essays by a group of international scholars to offer fresh and ground-breaking research into the "Advice to Princes" tradition and related themes of good self- and public governance on Oder Scots literature, and in Latin literature composed in Scotland in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The essays honour Professor Sally Mapstone and bring to the fore texts both from and about the royal court in a variety of genres, including satire, tragedy, complaint, dream vision, chronicle, epic, romance, and devotional and didactic treatise, and consider texts composed for noble readers and for a wider readership able to access printed material.
Introduction: "He Rewlis Weill that Weill him self can Gyd" / Joanna Martin and Emily Wingfield -- "Qwhen Alexander our Kynge was Dede": kingship and good governance in Andrew of Wyntoun's Original Chronicle / Emily Wingfield -- Appetite, desire, and excess in Bower's Scotichronicon and older Scots poetry / Kylie Murray -- Lament for the dead in fifteenth-century Scotland / Rebecca Marsland -- The "Vther Quair" as the Troy Book: the influence of Lydgate on Henryson's Testament of Cresseid / W.H.E. Sweet -- Richard Holland's Buke of the Howlat: an alternative view / Anne Kelly -- "He was by a young man": age, kingship, and Arthur / kate McClune -- The Aberdeen Articles: a twice-told tale / Anna McHugh -- Royal devotion and cultic promotion: James IV's Dedications to Saints / Melissa Coll-Smith -- The noble identity of Gavin Douglas / Nicola Royan -- Reading and writing history: John Bellenden's Livy / Thomas Rutledge -- "Daunting" the Isles, borders, and highlands: imperial kingship in John Bellenden's Chronicles of Scotland and the Mar Lodge Translation / Ryoko Harikae -- William Lauder: the Speculum Principis in the sixteenth-century / Joanna Martin -- Informed choice: the knowing morality of John Rolland's Court of Venus / Sarah Couper -- The uses of genre and gender in "The Dialogue of the Twa Wyfeis" / Tricia A. McElroy -- King Darius in the Archives / Sebastiaan Verweij
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