Cambridge. Corpus Christi College, Parker Library MS 61

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Cambridge. Corpus Christi College, Parker Library
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MS 061
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  • 1400 - 1425
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  • Middle English
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  • Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde || Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde
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  • The copy of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde in CCCC MS 61 was made c. 1415-25, long after the poet's death in 1400. The poem was written at some time before 1385. This copy was planned as a luxury edition to contain over ninety illustrations, but only the full-page frontispiece was painted, with blank spaces left at the positions intended for the other pictures. In that frontispiece Chaucer is shown reading his poem to the English court. The patron of this manuscript is unknown, but it is likely to have been the prominent male figure dressed in a gold-embroidered costume in the centre of the courtly group. The book belonged in 1570 to the author, Stephen Batman, a chaplain of Matthew Parker, and shortly after became incorporated in the archbishop's collection.
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