Political Poems and Songs Relating to English History, Composed during the Period from the Accession of Edward III to that of Richard III: Volume 2

Political Poems and Songs Relating to English History, Composed during the Period from the Accession of Edward III to that of Richard III: Volume 2

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Veering between unprecedented military successes and the violent downfalls of kings, the period between the accession of Edward III and the death of Edward IV was a rich subject for contemporary political writers. This two-volume collection of poems and tracts was first compiled by Thomas Wright as part of the Rolls Series, commissioned to edit and publish publicly owned manuscript texts. First published in 1861 and including forty-four pieces in English, French and Latin, Volume 2 covers the turbulent years between Henry IV and Edward IV. It features poems by Gower, an account of the battle of Agincourt, and Chaucer's apocryphal 'Jack Upland' with 'The Reply of Friar Daw'. Also included are translations of the French poems, and a thorough, contextualising introduction. A fascinating example of Victorian scholarship and its expectations of readers, this set represents an interesting resource for students of English literature and history.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139162810
  • 9781139162814

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Complimentary verses on King Henry IV by John Gower; 2. Address of John Gower to Henry IV; 3. Jack Upland; 4. The reply of Friar Daw Topias, with Jack Upland's rejoinder; 5. On the execution of Richard Scrope, Archbishop of York; 6. On the death of Henry IV by Thomas of Elmham; 7. On the Battle of Azincourt; 8. Epigram on the Battle of Azincourt; 9. The Frenchman to the Englishman; 10. On the Lollards; 11. On the death of Henry V; 12. Epigram on the assumption of the arms of France; 13. On the English title to the Crown of France; 14. To King Henry VI on his coronation; 15. On the coronation of Henry VI; 16. On the Duke of Burgundy; 17. Philippe of Burgundy and James of Scotland; 18. On the Siege of Calais; 19. The libel of English policy; 20. Lament of the Duchess of Gloucester; 21. On the prospect of peace; 22. On the truce of 1444; 23. On the popular discontent at the disasters in France; 24. On the arrest of the Duke of Suffolk; 25. On Bishop Boothe; 26. A warning to King Henry; 27. Verses against the Duke of Suffolk; 28. On the death of the Duke of Suffolk; 29. On the corruptions of the times; 30. On the corruptions of the times; 31. Against the Lollards; 32. To the King; 33. A political prophecy; 34. Against the friars; 35. On the corruption of public manners; 36. Epigrams on the public extravagance; 37. On the times; 38. On the times; 39. On the procession to St. Paul's of the reconciled parties; 40. Epitaph for Richard Duke of York; 41. On the civil wars; 42. A political retrospect; 43. On the recovery of the throne by Edward IV; 44. On England's commercial policy; Glossary and index of medieval Latin words; Glossary and index of obsolete English words; Index.show more