An annotated edition of Chaucer belonging to Stephan Batman

Conor Leahy

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This article introduces a copy of The Woorkes of Geffrey Chaucer (1561) formerly belonging to the writer, cleric, limner, and book-collector Stephan Batman. The volume is currently held at the Guildhall Library (SR 2.3.3), and contains Batman’s annotations and manicules throughout the text. It also features an 28-line poem in Batman’s hand, a short booklist of medieval chronicles, and five line drawings. The book thus offers a fresh insight into the reading practices of one of the most industrious English antiquaries of the sixteenth century, and sheds new light on Chaucer’s sixteenth-century reception.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217–224
Number of pages8
JournalThe Library
Issue number2
Early online date10 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

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