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A Lancastrian Mirror for Princes
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This seminal study addresses one of the most beautifully decorated 15th-century copies of the New Statutes of England, uncovering how the manuscript's unique interweaving of legal, religious, and literary discourses frames the reader's perception of the work. Taking internal and external evidence into account, Rosemarie McGerr suggests that the manuscript was made for Prince Edward of Lancaster, transforming a legal reference work into a book of instruction in kingship, as well as a means of celebrating the Lancastrians' rightful claim to the English throne during the Wars of the Roses. A Lancastrian Mirror for Princes also explores the role played by the manuscript as a commentary on royal justice and grace for its later owners and offers modern readers a fascinating example of the long-lasting influence of medieval manuscripts on subsequent readers.

Table of Contents

  1. COVER
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. p. ix
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  1. PREFACE
  2. pp. xi-xv
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  1. INTRODUCTION: The Margin and the Center
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. Chapter One. The Yale New Statutes Manuscript and Medieval English Statute Books: Similarities and Differences
  2. pp. 14-39
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  1. Chapter Two. Royal Portraits and Royal Arms: The Iconography of the Yale New Statutes Manuscript
  2. pp. 40-74
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  1. Chapter Three. The Queen and the Lancastrian Cause: The Yale New Statutes Manuscript and Margaret of Anjou
  2. pp. 75-101
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  1. Chapter Four Educating the Prince: The Yale New Statutes Manuscript and Lancastrian Mirrors for Princes
  2. pp. 102-121
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  1. Chapter Five. "Grace Be Our Guide": The Cultural Significance of a Medieval Law Book [Contains Color Plates]
  2. pp. 122-139
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  1. APPENDIX I. Chronology of Events
  2. pp. 141-144
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  1. APPENDIX 2. Codicological Description of New Haven, Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Law Library MssG St11 no.1
  2. pp. 145-159
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 161-174
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  1. Bibliography and Manuscripts Cited
  2. pp. 175-196
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 197-212
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