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22 Jeans Leclerq, ‘The Experience of Time and Its Interpretation in the Late Middle Ages’, Studies in Medieval Culture, 9 (1978): 140. 20 Imaginings of Time in Lydgate and Hoccleve’s Verse 22 simultaneously in the literature; but this does not necessarily give any specific form of measurement more authority than another: synchronicity of traditional and modern methods of time reckoning was often accepted. We can detect the cultural specificities by noting how and where there was new impetus towards this process of synchronicity: during this period the merchants, landowners, clerks, lovers and courtiers who were exchanging letters, the monks conducting business transactions, and those who were recording current affairs, all wished to calculate date, day and time.

19–20. 27 Lynn Thorndike, ‘“Robert Anglicus”: Sphere of Sacrobosco’, Speculum, 16 (1941): 242–3. Imaginings of Time in Lydgate and Hoccleve’s Verse 24 make a wheel move as the equinoctial cycle does, powered by a falling weight which would turn a dial through one complete revolution between sunrise and sunset, Robert-the-Englishman admits the new timepiece would be objective, precise and more accurate than any astrolabe or other astronomical instrument. The ability to conceive new dimensions of time before the technical capacity to measure it existed is indicative of a keen consciousness and understanding of time processes.

Xvi–xvii. ), Writing Medieval History (London, 2005), pp. 88–108. ), The Cambridge History of Medieval English Literature (Cambridge, 1999), p. 614. Imaginings of Time in Lydgate and Hoccleve’s Verse 38 has significance, albeit confused or uncertain, in relation to events around it. That is to say, it is a moment in an ongoing process, whether that process turns out to be ‘warr or peese’. In chapters 2, 3 and 4, I examine historical narratives, usually considered to have fragmented structures, in relation to the role played by causal connections that create not only narrative continuity in the texts but also often the simultaneous existence of present, past and future.

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