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The Siege of Thebes

By John Lydgate Edited by Robert R Edwards

The Siege of Thebes
Paperback, 208 pages £15.50
Published: 2001
ISBN: 9781580440745
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Subjects: Literary Studies, Medieval Institute Publications, Medieval Studies
Series: TEAMS Middle English Texts Series

John Lydgate's The Siege of Thebes, written c. 1421-22, is the only Middle English poetic text that recounts the fratricidal struggle between Oedipus's sons Eteocles and Polynices as they contend for the lordship of Thebes. The text reflects the problem of poetic authority and the political and ethical themes of Lydgate's poetic career in the 1420s, when he was writing as a Lancastrian propagandist and as unofficial royal poet.

Preface Introduction Select Bibliography The Siege of Thebes Explanatory Notes Textual Notes Glossary

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.

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 Paperback , 208 pages

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 Medieval Institute Publications


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