Richard Fox

Anna Probert (University of Liverpool)
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Richard Fox was a fifteenth-century layman who worked at St Albans Abbey. He was the author of a Middle English prose chronicle, covering English history from the reign of King Alfred the Great (871) to the Siege of Rouen (1419), and the creator of a literary miscellany containing works by notable Middle English authors, such as John Lydgate and Dame Eleanor Hull. He is likewise significant as one of the few medieval authors for whom a record of their personal book collection survives.

The Life and Manuscripts of Richard Fox

The Life and Manuscripts of Richard Fox

The first identifiable reference to Fox in the historical record occurs in October 1434, when he is mentioned in the Annals of St Albans attributed to John Amundesham. He was working as a proctor for St Albans’s Abbey in a legal

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Citation: Probert, Anna. "Richard Fox". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 January 2024 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=15078, accessed 26 May 2024.]

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