Published in 1966: The present study attempts in its fashion to supply a connected account of this somewhat neglected phase of medieval literary life, and to look carefully in earlier ages for the origins of medieval patronage. As one may suppose a patron might be approached and the modes in which his favour might be extended were exhausted at a very early period, so that patronage of letters cannot be said to show much development or progress.
1. Literary Patronage in Classical Times 2. The Scop, The Scald, The Bard, and the Minstrel 3. Troubadours, Trouveres, and Minnesingers 4. General and Special Phases of Patronage in the Middle Ages 5. Court Writings 6. Works Written at Request 7. The Epilogue Excusatory and the "Go, Little Book" Formula 8. Dedications 9. Presentation 10. Rewards 11. Hints for Patronage and the Epistle Mendicant 12. Patrons of Letters in England