Sir Frederic Madden: Index to John Lydgate's Poetical Works

Scope and Content

List of the manuscripts of poems written by or ascribed to John Lydgate, arranged in alphabetical order of the opening line, with references to Ritson's Bibliographica poetica and other works, 496 folios.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Frederic Madden (1801-1873), antiquary and palaeographer, was born in Portsmouth on 16 February 1801. He collated the manuscripts of Caedmon for Oxford University in 1825, and worked on the preparation of the British Museum's catalogue of printed books, 1826-1828. He became assistant-keeper of manuscripts at the museum in 1828, and was the head of department, 1837-1866. He died in London on 8 March 1873.

John Lydgate (1370?-1451?), poet, was born in Lydgate, near Newmarket, and was ordained priest in 1397. He was engaged as a court poet, and enjoyed the patronage of Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, from 1422. In his later years he lived at Bury monastery. Lydgate wrote poems, allegories, fables and moral romances.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Received from the collection of Henry Bradshaw, 1886.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Sir Frederic Madden in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, Vol. XII (London, 1909), pp. 735-736, and the entry on John Lydgate in Vol. XII, pp. 306-316.

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