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- DescriptionIn Ink, Stink Bait, Revenge, and Queen Elizabeth, Steven W. May and Arthur F. Marotti present a recently discovered household book from sixteenth-century England. Its main scribe, John Hanson, was a yeoman who worked as a legal agent in rural Yorkshire. His book, a miscellaneous collection of documents that he found useful or interesting, is a rare example of a middle-class provincial anthology that contains, in addition to works from the country's cultural center, items of local interest seldom or never disseminated nationally. Among the literary highlights of the household book are unique copies of two ballads, whose original print versions have been lost, describing Queen Elizabeth's procession through London after the victory over the Spanish Armada; two poems attributed to Elizabeth herself; and other verse by courtly writers copied from manuscript and print sources. Of local interest is the earliest-kwn copy of a 126-stanza ballad about a mid-fourteenth-century West Yorkshire feud between the Eland and Beaumont families. The manuscript's utilitarian items include a verse calendar and poetic Decalogue, model legal documents, real estate records, recipes for inks and fish baits, and instructions for catching rabbits and birds. Hanson combined both professional and recreational interests in his manuscript, including material related to his legal work with wills and real estate transactions. As May and Marotti argue in their cultural and historical interpretation of the text, Hanson's household book is especially valuable t only for the unusual texts it preserves but also for the ways in which it demonstrates the intersection of the local and national and of popular and elite cultures in early modern England.
- Author BiographySteven W. May is Adjunct Professor of English at Emory University and Senior Research Fellow, School of English, University of Sheffield. He is the author of The Elizabethan Courtier Poets: The Poems and their Contexts, editor of books including Queen Elizabeth I: Selected Works, and coeditor of Elizabethan Poetry: A Bibliography and First-Line Index of English Verse, 1559-1603. Arthur F. Marotti is Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Wayne State University. He is the coauthor of Ink, Stink Bait, Revenge, and Queen Elizabeth: A Yorkshire Yeoman's Household Book and author of Manuscript, Print, and the English Renaissance Lyric, both from Cornell. He is also the author of John Donne, Coterie Poet and Religious Ideology and Cultural Fantasy: Catholic and Anti-Catholic Discourses in Early Modern England.
- Author(s)Arthur F. Marotti,Steven W. May
- PublisherCornell University Press
- Date of Publication19/12/2014
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationIthaca
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCornell University Press
- Content Note13, 10 black & white illustrations, 3 charts
- Weight399 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
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