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- DescriptionWhile visiting a friend, the writer and cleric Thomas Percy (1729-1811) ticed 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.
- PublisherCambridge Library Collection
- Date of Publication29/01/2015
- FormatMultiple copy pack
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleCambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note15 b/w illus.
- Weight1477 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine71 mm
- Edited byThomas Percy
- Contained items statementContains 3 Paperbacks
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