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The Orcherd of Syon, Titus and Vespasian, and Lydgate’s Siege of Thebes

how these poems functioned culturally for their medieval readers. Yet in comparison to the Siege of Jerusalem, Titus and Vespasian has been singled out for critical dismissal, which may also respond to the organization of the poem and the reading practice it prompts, as I will discuss. In an unusual move that has occasioned comment from critics, it begins not with a focus on Jerusalem or Titus and Vespasian, but with a lengthy account of Christ’s life and miracles. Over the course of its more than five thousand lines, Titus and Vespasian provides its audiences with

in Participatory reading in late-medieval England