Lydgate returned to the cloister for the latter years of his remarkably long life (he died at about age 80), and it is most likely that it was at Bury that he died and was buried, though there is a tradition (not very credible) that his remains lie in St. Mary's Church in the village of Lidgate. At the same time, it is also difficult to know how much credence to give to a claim by certain archaeologists of the eighteenth century, who excavated the crypt beneath the ruins of the church of the Abbey, and who reported finding there part of Lydgate's tomb (see King; also Whittingham 14).
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Lydgate was a prolific poet, and is credited as the author of some 140,000 lines of verse and one prose tract (approximately four times the output of Shakespeare). He confessed himself to be a disciple of IMEV no. 2516; Manual 6: 1913-1917 and 2168-2173), Fall of Princes (IMEV no. 1168; Manual 6: 1835-1840 and 2099-2106), Siege of Thebes (IMEV no. 3928; Manual 6: 1901-1904 and 2155-2158), The Life of Our Lady (IMEV no. 2574; Manual 6: 1867-1871 and 2128-2130), but these are only a few of the approximately 200 titles--from courtly love lyrics to saints lives--with which he is generally credited. Lydgate included among his patrons Henry IV and Henry V, and already he had produced poems celebrating Henry VI at his coronation at Westminster (6 Nov. 1429; IMEV nos. 2211 and 1929; Manual 6: 1851-1852 and 2116-2117), for his return from France and entry to London (21 [perhaps 14] Feb. 1432; IMEV no. 3799; Manual 6: 1852 and 2117-2118), as well as "The Title and Pedigree of Henry VI," mentioned above, translated from a French poem in 1427 at the request of the Protector, the Earl of Warwick.
The versified story of the Lives of Ss. Edmund and Fremund (IMEV no. 3440; Manual 6: 1830-1833 and 2096-2097) was written as a gift, from Abbot Curteys and the brethren of Bury St. Edmunds, for the child king Henry VI, who visited the abbey for a lengthy stay from Christmas 1433 through Easter (28 March) to St. George's Day (23 April), 1434. Derek Pearsall suggests that, given how well-known Lydgate was to the court, to the Protector, and almost certainly to the young king himself, "[i]t would not be extravagant to suppose that Lydgate's presence at Bury was one of the reasons for the king's visit . . ." (27). Henry was, during this stay, inducted as a member of the abbey fraternity, considered an exclusive privilege and a very high honour, but an honour shared by many of Lydgate's aristocratic patrons (a list of the members of the fraternity during the time of Abbot Curteys is included in the Victoria County History article on Bury, p. 71). Henry's affection for the abbey continued through his adult life: he frequently corresponded with Abbot Curteys (letters preserved in Curteys's Registers (London, British Library, MSS Addit. 14848 and 7096) and printed in IMEV no. 3748; Manual 6: 1811-1813 and 2077-2078), thus commemorating the patron saint of St. Albans abbey as he had earlier done the patron of his own abbey, Bury St. Edmunds.