By Carol Edington
Sir David Lindsay of the Mount is a key determine within the heritage of Scottish literature and in any wider research of the Renaissance interval. up to now, reports have targeted mostly on Lindsay the poet or Lindsay the non secular reformer, techniques that forget his larger value. by means of finding him extra accurately inside a old, political and spiritual context, this booklet illuminates either Lindsay's personal paintings and the tips that contributed to shaping Scottish tradition in the course of his time. The publication is split into 3 elements. the 1st half addresses Lindsay's occupation, tracing his carrier on the courts of James IV and James V and his involvement within the non secular controversies of the interval. the second one half appears to be like at Lindsay as political philosopher, analyzing his principles on such matters as kingship and commonweal. The 3rd half discusses Lindsay's poetry within the gentle of the non secular weather in Scotland at the eve of the Reformation.
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In his first extant work, The Dreme, Lindsay reminds James how he acted as "seware, Coppare, and Caruoure, / Thy puts maister, and secreit Thesaurare, / Thy Yshare, ... / And of thy chamber cheiffe Cubiculare" (2124). "36 The litany of household offices related by Lindsay is obviously not a precise reference to his own duties, but it usefully brings out how closely Lindsay was involved with James's upbringing. The Dreme, like Page 18 the very similar Complaynt, is obviously constrained by generic convention, and both poems take pains to stress the loyal service of the "wracheit worme" (The Dreme, 27), a mock humility which is made all the more effective by the descriptions of the undignified games the poet played with his young master.