The Golden Legend


The German Wynkyn de Worde was an apprentice printer at Cologne in 1471 when he met William Caxton who was visiting the city. Worde accompanied Caxton back to Westminster in 1475 to work in Caxton’s printing shop. After Caxton’s death in 1492, Worde took over the business.

Among the books bequeathed by Thomas Burgess to his Lampeter foundation was Wynkyn de Worde’s printing of Caxton’s translation of Jacob de Voraigne’s hagiographical compendium The Golden Legend. This book was produced in 1498 or 1499 shortly before Worde left Westminster for new premises in Fleet Street.The Golden Legend is among Wynkyn de Worde’s finest work. It was probably printed using Caxton’s type.