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Reliques of Ancient English Poetry

Reliques of Ancient English Poetry
Consisting of Old Heroic Ballads, Songs, and Other Pieces of our Earlier Poets
3 Volume Set

Volume 1

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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies

  • Date Published: January 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108077231

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  • While visiting a friend, the writer and cleric Thomas Percy (1729–1811) noticed a neglected folio whose pages were being used by the maids to light the fire. Upon inspection, this manuscript was found to be a seventeenth-century collection of historical ballads. Following this discovery, Percy collected further ballads and songs from a number of sources, which he published in this three-volume work in 1765, although ultimately only a quarter of the texts he presented came from that original manuscript. Although this work proved to be incredibly popular, Percy's idiosyncratic editorial practices also received much criticism. The collection centres on historical ballads and romances, demonstrating the development of language, customs and traditions, to which Percy added contemporary ballads for his readers' enjoyment. Notable texts include the ballad of Chevy Chase, a selection of Scottish ballads, a rondel which Percy ascribes to Chaucer, and several Robin Hood ballads.

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    • Date Published: January 2015
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108077231
    • length: 1164 pages
    • dimensions: 224 x 142 x 71 mm
    • weight: 1.36kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I
    Part II. Ballads that illustrate Shakespeare
    Part III
    Part I
    Part II
    Part III
    Part I
    Part II
    Part III.

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    Thomas Percy

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