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The Making of Percy's Reliques$

Nick Groom

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184591

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184591.001.0001

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(p.250) Appendix II A Collection of Old Ballads

(p.250) Appendix II A Collection of Old Ballads

The Making of Percy's Reliques
Oxford University Press

Vartin lists twenty-five pieces Percy derived from A Collection of Old Ballads as (Percy's titles):

  • ‘Sir Launcelot du Lake’,

  • ‘King Leir and His Three Daughters’,

  • ‘The More Modern Ballad of Chevy Chase’,

  • ‘Gilderoy’,

  • ‘The Gaberlunzie Man’,

  • ‘Fair Rosamond and King Henry II’,

  • ‘Queen Eleanor's Confession’,

  • ‘The Beggar's Daughter of Bednall Green’,

  • ‘Sir Andrew Barton's Death’,

  • ‘The Spanish Lady's Love’,

  • ‘Jane Shore’ (‘The Lament of Jane Shore’),

  • ‘King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid’ (‘Cupid's Revenge’),

  • ‘King John and the Abbot of Canterbury’,

  • ‘The Baffled Knight’,

  • ‘Lord Thomas and Fair Ellinor’,

  • ‘The Lady Turned Serving Man’,

  • ‘The Lady's Fall’,

  • ‘The Wanton Wife of Bath’,

  • ‘The Bride's Burial’ (as this replaced ‘The Wanton Wife of Bath’, the total should in fact be twenty-four),

  • ‘The King of France's Daughter’,

  • ‘Children in the Wood’,

  • ‘The King and the Miller of Mansfield’,

  • ‘St. George and the Dragon’,

  • ‘The Dragon of Wantley’,

  • ‘Margaret's Ghost’ (‘William and Margaret’).1

A further twenty-one were included in Friedman's ‘First Draft’ (Percy's titles):

  • ‘The seven Champions’,

  • ‘King Alfred & the Shepherd’,

  • (p.251) ‘The Scotsman outwitted’ (‘The Northern Ditty’),

  • ‘Alphonso & Gonsalo’,

  • ‘The Roman Charity’,

  • ‘The Battle of Agincourt’,

  • ‘Buckingham betrayed’,

  • ‘Rosamond’ (‘The Unfortunate Concubine’),

  • ‘Godina’,

  • ‘When this old Cap was new’ (‘Time's Alteration’),

  • ‘Sir Richd Whittington’,

  • ‘The beggar wench of Hull’,

  • ‘The London Prentice’,

  • ‘Johnny Armstrong’,

  • ‘Maudlin’,

  • ‘The Hunting of the Gods’,

  • ‘Patient Grisell’,

  • ‘Ballad on Tobacco’,

  • ‘The revengeful Moor’,

  • ‘Suffolk miracle’,

  • ‘The Lawyer outwitted’.2


(1) Vartin, 92.

(2) Houghton, bMS Eng. 893 (278), fo. 16.