|Hoccleve's Regement of Princes (British Library, Harley 4866, f.88r). All images by permission of the British Library. Images are made available under a Creative Commons licence.|
Thomas Hoccleve's poem Regement of Princes was composed in 1411-1412. This page discusses Chaucer, or rather his portrait which is on the page. The script is an English bastarda book hand, classified as bastarda anglicana or anglicana formata hybrida by some paleographers. The text is in English, with only a few abbreviations.
Hoccleve, described as "that indolent clerk of the privy seal and barely competent versifier" (Elton, 1969) was a public servant and poet. Buried elsewhere in this poem is a reference to the fact that he would rather be in the tavern than in the office of the privy seal.
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