Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Medieval Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Thomas H. Seiler

Second Advisor

Dr. Timothy Graham

Third Advisor

Dr. Paul A. Johnson Jr.

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access



General Introduction

The Kingis Quair is a poem of clear Chaucerian descent, written in the same seven-line stanzas as Troilus and Criseyde, that marks the beginning of a Chaucerian movement in the literature of Scotland. The poem exists in only one manuscript, MS Arch. Selden B. 24 of the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, where it is twice attributed to King James I of Scotland (1424-1437). Indeed, it is due to the connection with James that the particular seven-line stanza format in which the poem is written is now known as "rhyme royal."