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Thomas Hoccleve ou l'ambiguïté de l'autorité poétique

Abstract : Thomas Hoccleve (c. 1367-1426) was at the same time a scribe of the Privy Seal and a poet. He was the first one to create some "autobriographical" pieces in English. His poetry highlights a number of thematics close to those of his contemporaries, especially on the question of the legitimity of each one - king, prince or subject - in society. Its special position, both in the center and in the margins of power, between royal household and administration, in an institution which kept an informal part, summoned him to elaborate an acute vision of the tensions of the first decades of the fifteenth century, and occasionally to distil some disagreements. At the same time, even as he was an actor of the system, the expression of his anxieties via the persona of 'Thomas' - largely interconnected to the social and political tensions of the period, pushed him to elaborate a sophisticated reflection on the regimen, whose mastery was essential for the prince, but also for its subjects.
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Aude Mairey. Thomas Hoccleve ou l'ambiguïté de l'autorité poétique. Jean-Philippe Genet. La légitimité de l’implicite, 1, Publications de la Sorbonne, pp.337-355, 2015. ⟨halshs-02391888⟩

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