By Steven W. May, Arthur F. Marotti
In Ink, Stink Bait, Revenge, and Queen Elizabeth, Steven W. might and Arthur F. Marotti current a lately came upon “household booklet” from sixteenth-century England. Its major scribe, John Hanson, was once a yeoman who labored as a felony agent in rural Yorkshire. His booklet, a miscellaneous selection of files that he came upon worthwhile or fascinating, is a unprecedented instance of a middle-class provincial anthology that includes, as well as works from the country’s cultural heart, goods of neighborhood curiosity seldom or by no means disseminated nationally.
Among the literary highlights of the family e-book are precise copies of 2 ballads, whose unique print models were misplaced, describing Queen Elizabeth’s procession via London after the victory over the Spanish Armada; poems attributed to Elizabeth herself; and different verse via courtly writers copied from manuscript and print resources. Of neighborhood curiosity is the earliest-known reproduction of a 126-stanza ballad a few mid-fourteenth-century West Yorkshire feud among the Eland and Beaumont households. The manuscript’s utilitarian goods comprise a verse calendar and poetic Decalogue, version criminal files, genuine property files, recipes for inks and fish baits, and directions for catching rabbits and birds. Hanson mixed either specialist and leisure pursuits in his manuscript, together with fabric concerning his criminal paintings with wills and actual property transactions.
As may well and Marotti argue of their cultural and ancient interpretation of the textual content, Hanson’s loved ones publication is principally precious not just for the weird texts it preserves but in addition for the ways that it demonstrates the intersection of the neighborhood and nationwide and of renowned and elite cultures in early glossy England.
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The Eland-Beaumont Feudâ•…â•…â•…39 These ballads are similar in technical form and style. As Fowler notes, in the four-line stanzas, whether rhymed as fourteener couplets (with lines 2 and 4 rhyming aa) or as genuine quatrains with cross rhyme (abab), the second line is often a “filler” that conveys little or no new information but gives the performer time to compose the last two lines of the stanza. 1). ” The poet certainly does not depend on this device to frame his stanzas. 3, where it is not in rhyming position.
671v–72), an amount that was substantial for a yeoman family and indicative that the Hansons were destined to enter the gentry class and become armigerous under the Stuarts. Hanson had opened his household book by transcribing some ninety recipes for such active lifetime pursuits as the indoor activities of writing, painting, and repairing manuscripts, on the one hand, and such outdoor activities as fishing and fowling on the other. Toward the end of his anthology he copied a very popular lyric by Thomas, Lord Vaux, that may have consciously served as his farewell to all these things toward the end of his life: “IÂ€lothe that IÂ€Dyd love / in youthe that IÂ€thought swete / as tyme Requyres for my behove / me thynkes they are note mete” (f.
The extent of Hanson’s property and wealth at his death is difficult to estimate, especially since he had previously conferred on his heir, John, “landes tenamentes and hereditamentes” that are accordingly unspecified 40. uk, records “Heigh land men” for “highland men” as late as 1615. Linguistically, the miscellanies compiled in East Anglia by Thomas Brampton and Henry Gurney seem to us very similar to the London and South Midlands “standard” Elizabethan dialect. 22â•…â•…â•… I ntroduction in his will.
Ink, Stink Bait, Revenge, and Queen Elizabeth: A Yorkshire Yeoman's Household Book by Steven W. May, Arthur F. Marotti