To introduce John Lydgate's landmark poem the Troy Book to students and n-specialist readers, the editor has selected the essential passages from the poem and bridges any gaps with textual summaries. Also included are an introduction, gloss, tes, and a glossary. John Lydgate, a monk of the great Benedictine abbey of Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk, began composing the poem, an ambitious attempt at recounting the Trojan War in Middle English, in October 1412 on commission from Henry, Prince of Wales (later King Henry V), and completed it in 1420. The poem is an interesting study for those interested in medieval approaches to classical sources, as well as for its often contradictory and complicated take on contemporary chivalry.
Robert R. Edwards is Professor of English and comparative literature at Penn State. He specializes in medieval literature, with particular interests in Chaucer, continental and Latin literary relations, and authorship in trilingual England.