Lydgate’s saintly poetics
in Sanctity as literature in late medieval Britain
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John Lydgate’s double legend of the two British saints Albon and Amphibalus features three important strategies of Lydgate’s saintly poetics: the discourse of laureation, the employment of ‘colours’, and temporal shifts. In all three cases, Lydgate draws on his secular works and appropriates the literary features for the hagiographic context. The motif of the laurel, for instance, functions as a means of negotiating different actors and their deeds across time, while the use of colours is associated with continuity and the poet’s activity.


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