Caxton's Eneydos, 1490: Englisht from the French Liure Des Eneydes, 1483, Issue 54

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Early English Text Society, 1890 - Aeneas (Legendary character) - 214 pages
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Page ix - The Tragedies gathered by Jhon Bochas of all such Princes as fell from theyr Estates throughe the Mutability of Fortune since the creation of Adam until his time ; wherin may be seen what vices bring menne to destruccion, wyth notable warninges howe the like may be avoyded. Translated into English by John Lidgate, Monke of Burye.
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Page 3 - Thenne I praye alle theym that shall rede in this lytyl treatys to holde me for excused for the translatynge of hit. For I knowleche my selfe ignorant of connynge to enpryse on me so hie and noble a werke / But I praye mayster lohn Skelton late created poete laureate in the vnyuersite of oxenforde to ouersee and correcte this sayd booke.
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