Abstract: Thomas Hoccleve (1368-1426) has emerged as a leading English fifteenth-century poet. His deeply autobiographical work has been celebrated as intimate and modern, original and arresting. Hoccleve was also a professional government clerk, toiling for 40 years in the Privy Seal Office, and his handwriting is the best known of all medieval English scribes. He appears to have been in charge of promoting Chaucer’s reputation after his death, and he may have been responsible for London’s emerging literary scene. This talk will reveal, for the first time, a hitherto unknown personal manuscript by Hoccleve.