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A Holograph Copy of Thomas Hoccleve's Regiment of Princes

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JournalStudies in the Age of Chaucer
DatePublished - 2011
Issue numbern/a
Number of pages34
Pages (from-to)263-296
Original languageEnglish


The focus of this article is the British Library manuscript Royal 17 D.XVIII, a copy of Thomas Hoccleve’s Regiment of Princes. I here argue first, on paleographic, codicological, and linguistic grounds, that this manuscript is written by the hand of the author Thomas Hoccleve; second, that the text of the Regiment in this manuscript represents a revised version of the poem written in 1412–13, in which the author had made alterations reflecting the changed circumstances of himself, of his dedicatee, Henry of Derby, and of the country a year or two after the completion and first dissemination of the poem; and third, that this manuscript was in fact the copy given to John of Lancaster, later duke of Bedford, to whom a balade written at the end may be addressed.

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