Thomas Deloney; His Thomas of Reading. and Three Ballads on the Spanish Armada

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 102 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1903 Excerpt: ... NOTES INTRODUCTION. Pige 1.--Who was the first King that instituted the High Court of Parliament: "The composition and powers were developed in the 13 th and 14th centuries. The right of representation from shires and towns from 1295. Edward I declared in 1295, 'What effected all should have the consent of all' and called a complete representative assembly of all estates of the realm."--Skottowe, Short History of Parliament. Page 2.--Thomas Cole is mentioned by Coates, in the "History of Reading," as the Rich Clothier of Reading. Fuller in the "Worthies of England" acknowledges that Cole was an eminent clothier, but believes that the "Pleasant History of Thomas of Reading" is mostly fiction. "Tradition and an authorless pamphlet make him a man of vast wealth, maintaining an hundred and forty menial servants in his house, besides three hundred poor people whom he set on work; insomuch that his wains with cloth filled the highway betwixt Reading and London, to the stopping of King Henry the First in his progress; who notwithstanding (for the encouraging of his subjects' industry) gratified the said Cole, and all his profession, with the set measure of a yard, the said king making his own arm the standard thereof, whereby drapery was reduced in the meting thereof to a greater certainty. The truth is this: monks began to lard the lives of thensaints with lies, whence they proceeded in like manner to flourish out the facts of famous knights (King Arthur, Guy of Warwick, etc.) in imitation whereof some meaner wits in the same sort made description of mechanics, powdering their lives with improbable passages, to the great prejudice of truth; seeing the making of broad-cloth in England could not be so ancient, and it was the arm (not of King Henry) but King Edward ...

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Little is known about the life of Thomas Deloney. Most of Deloney's literary production seems to have taken the form of ballads; however, his four prose narratives are admired for their depiction of character and popular bourgeois culture, and their handling of dialogue. The Gentle Craft (1 and 2) (1597--98) portrays the world of cobblers, while Thomas of Reading (1599?) resembles later historical novels. Jack of Newbery (1597-98), published in eight editions by 1619, presents the adventures of an upwardly mobile apprentice who marries his master's widow and goes on to become a power in the realm.

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