Born in the last years of James III’s reign, Sir David Lyndsay (c.1486-1555) served
under James IV, James V, and Mary. As a writer, Lyndsay is best known today for his
play, Ane Satyre of The Thrie Estaitis, a biting and comic commentary on
Church and State that is still regularly performed today. But it was Lyndsay’s
other works, of which this volume offers an accessible selection, that made him the
best known Scottish poet of the time. In the late sixteenth, seventeenth and
eighteenth centuries, a literate household in Scotland was likely to own two books:
the Bible and the poems of Sir David Lyndsay. Today, while a performance of Ane
Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis can still draw the crowds, very little is known
about the rest of Lyndsay’s work. This new volume from ASLS is designed to
introduce some of Lyndsay’s best poems to a new audience.
Lyndsay’s greatest strength is his range and diversity, from comic verse to political
satire to spiritual reflection. These are the features that made Lyndsay a popular
writer in his own time; explored again, he might well regain that status in ours.
The editor has planned the Selected Poems to introduce these works both to
new readers, for whom there are on-the-page annotations and references, and to
specialists, who will wish to work with freshly-established texts. The explanatory
notes illustrate the richness of Lyndsay’s language and those contemporary
references now less known. An Introduction provides biographical information and
discusses important features of Lyndsay’s poetry, and a full Bibliography offers
further support for scholars.
Dr Hadley Williams is a Visiting Fellow in English and Theatre Studies at the
Australian National University. She is editor of Stewart Style 1513-1542: Essays
on the Court of James V (1996).
- Sir David Lyndsay of the Mount, c.1486-1555
- Lyndsay’s Literary Inheritance
- ‘Myne mater’: Lyndsay’s own writing
- Lyndsay’s Scots
- Editorial Approach
- The Dreme
- The Complaynt of Schir David Lindesay
- The Testament and Complaynt of our Soverane Lordis Papyngo
- The Answer to the Kingis Flyting
- The Deploratioun of the Deith of Quene Magdalene
- The Justing betwix James Watsoun and Jhone Barbour
- The Tragedie of the Cardinall
- Squyer Meldrum
- The Testament of Squyer Meldrum
- Ane Dialog betwix Experience and ane Courteour (1—684)
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Last updated 9 August 2010.