George Ashby (c. 1385-1475) was scribe of the signet seal for the Lancastrian royal family. He is known to have authored two poems: a mirror for princes for Prince Edward of Lancaster, the Active Policy of a Prince (c. 1462?, henceforth: Active Policy) with the addendum Dicta et Opiniones Diversorum Philosophorum (henceforth: Dicta), and the prison poem A Prisoner’s Reflections (1463, henceforth: Reflections).

Little is known about Ashby’s early years. He entered royal service in the early 1400s in the household of Duke Humphrey of Gloucester, Henry V’s youngest brother. Here he received his education as a clerk, which he describes in

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Citation: Douma, Aline. "George Ashby". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 November 2020 [, accessed 30 March 2023.]

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