In memory of D. A. Pearsall (1931–2021)

The late-sixteenth- and early-seventeenth-century tradition of English antiquarianism is enlisted to license a proposed elevation of the birthdate of the poet John Lydgate by a generation, to ca. 1390, with a consequent abbreviation of his lifespan to the sixty-some years that the poet mentions. The proposal intends to mitigate problems of Lydgate’s early years, especially a long quiet at the start of the literary career of this most facile of English poets, by their elimination.

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