By Carol Edington
Sir David Lindsay of the Mount is a key determine within the heritage of Scottish literature and in any wider research of the Renaissance interval. so far, reports have targeted mostly on Lindsay the poet or Lindsay the non secular reformer, techniques that overlook his better value. by means of finding him extra accurately inside of a ancient, political and non secular context, this ebook illuminates either Lindsay's personal paintings and the tips that assisted in shaping Scottish tradition in the course of his time. The booklet is split into 3 components. the 1st half addresses Lindsay's profession, tracing his provider on the courts of James IV and James V and his involvement within the non secular controversies of the interval. the second one half appears to be like at Lindsay as political philosopher, reading his principles on such matters as kingship and commonweal. The 3rd half discusses Lindsay's poetry within the mild of the non secular weather in Scotland at the eve of the Reformation.
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For over thirty years, Lindsay's principal milieu was the royal court where he served both James IV and James V. Not only did the vagaries of political fortune he experienced there dictate the events of Lindsay's life, but the court was also the dominant cultural apparatus which informed his thinking and the various ways he choseor was conditionedto express his ideas. Recent years have seen a welcome revival of interest in the interrelated themes of court and culture stimulated by a variety of fresh approaches drawn from a range of scholarly disciplines.
To them, this book is affectionately dedicated. Page viii CONVENTIONS Contemporary documents are quoted in the original spelling. Yogh is given as "y," thorn as "th," and the letters i/j and u/v/w are modernized where this clarifies the sense. Contractions are expanded and modern capitalization and punctuation used. Dates are given according to the modern calendar with the new year beginning on 1 January. Unless otherwise stated, quotations from Lindsay's works are taken from The Works of Sir David Lindsay of the Mount, ed.
Little remains of Lindsay's literary output as published during his lifetime, but it is clear that from the middle of the sixteenth century Scottish audiences could not have enough of their favorite author. Between Lindsay's death in 1555 and the end of the century, no fewer than ten editions of his work were published in Scotland, a phenomenal rate of publication matched only by the fifteen issued during the next hundred years. 16 Extensively annotated and with a great deal of useful biographical information, these still command attention today.