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The Making of Percy's Reliques$
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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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The Ballad and Literary Antiquarianism

The Ballad and Literary Antiquarianism

(p.19) 2 The Ballad and Literary Antiquarianism
The Making of Percy's Reliques

Nick Groom

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the ballads contained in Thomas Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry, which was published in 1765. Though Percy's collection includes sonnets, songs, and lyrics, its contents were mostly old ballads. His working title for the collection was A Collection of Old Ballads and one of his principal printed sources was a three-volume edition of the same title. The old ballads in Percy's collection cover the subjects of border wars, King Arthur, Robin Hood, and traditional pageantry. Percy's adviser in the compilation of the ballads was William Shenstone.

Keywords:   Thomas Percy, Reliques of Ancient English Poetry, old ballads, literary antiquarianism, English ballads, William Shenstone

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