Kingis Quair

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(‘The King's Book’),

a poem of 379 lines of rhyme‐royal written by James I of Scotland while he was a prisoner in England and about the time of his marriage (c.1424) to Lady Jane Beaufort, the poem's heroine. It was discovered and printed by Lord Woodhouselee in 1783. It is one of the works traditionally described as ‘Scottish Chaucerian’, and it does show the influence of Chaucer. C. S. Lewis calls it the first poem in celebration of married love.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval).

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