Kings and Kingship in British Library MS Harley 2253

Publication Type:

Journal Article


The Yearbook of English Studies, Volume 33, p.64–79 (2003)



British Library {MS} Harley 2253 contains a number of texts, in English, French, and Latin, in which historical and legendary kings feature. Like other works in the manuscript, these interact so that each text acquires meaning that it does not have if read in isolation; in certain texts the authority of kingship is undermined through the particular nature of the works' relationship. Links can be established between one of the texts and the putative connections of the compiler and scribe of the manuscript. This may have had a bearing on the way it and the other works about kings were read.


{ArticleType:} research-article / Issue Title: Medieval and Early Modern Miscellanies and Anthologies / Full publication date: 2003 / Copyright © 2003 Modern Humanities Research Association