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John Shirley's Heirs

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JournalYearbook of English Studies
DatePublished - 1 Jan 2003
Volume33
Number of pages16
Pages (from-to)182-198
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

John Shirley compiled and wrote at least three miscellanies, probably more, in the first half of the fifteenth century; and Shirley's books appear to have remained accessible to a number of scribes in the decades following his death, to be used as exemplars for further miscellanies produced mainly in London for a century after his death. This article is an attempt to bring together what evidence we have for the network of scribes who inherited Shirley's books: what they copied from Shirley, what were their interests, how they may have had access to his books.

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