The Minor Works of John Lydgate
Matthew Evan Davis, Editor

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Welcome to the virtual archive of the minor works of the fifteenth-century poet, John Lydgate.

The goals of this archive are twofold: first, it is an attempt to make the manuscripts and other media containing the works of Lydgate that exist in less than twenty witnesses more accessible to scholars of the poet, students who may have only read them in print editions, and individuals interested in manuscripts as artifacts in their own right. To this end, it is intended to provide not a critical edition of these poems, but to accurately transcribe and record the variations in the witnesses – changes in the language, omissions, and insertions – that are obscured sometimes by the traditional editorial process.

Second, this archive is meant to bridge a gap between the digital world, where anything that cannot be concretely categorized is often left by the wayside, and the physical object with its rich set of significations. Rather than the standard structure of a TEI document, an alternative TEI schema privileging the manuscript page as an object and its appearance has been used throughout. Additionally, visualizations, icons, and other tools have been or are planned to be used to continually remind the viewer of the materiality of these items. In this way, the hope is that the physical object is described and displayed in a way that preserves the connections made by the physical object itself while also holding to common and accepted metadata standards.