Kingis Quair, The

Kingis Quair, The

      (c. 1423; “The King's Book”), love-dream allegory written in Early Scots and attributed to James I of Scotland. It marks the beginning of the golden age of Scottish literature. Sometimes called the first “Scottish Chaucerian” poem, it reflects and acknowledges Geoffrey Chaucer's influence.

      The story parallels the life of James I, who was captured and imprisoned for 18 years in England, where he met and married Joan Beaufort. Claims for the king's authorship are supported both by the appearance of his name on the manuscript and by the poet's acquaintance with English literature at a time when it was generally unknown in Scotland.

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