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THE

HISTORY OF ENGLISH POETRY,

FROM THE

CLOSE OF THE ELEVENTH

TO THE

COMMENCEMENT OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY.

TO WHICH ARE PREFIXED,

THREE DISSERTATIONS:

1. OF THE ORIGIN OF ROMANTIC FICTION IN EUROPE.
2. ON THE INTRODUCTION OF LEARNING INTO ENGLAND.
3. ON THE GESTA ROMANORUM.

BY

THOMAS WARTON, B.D.

FELLOW OF TRINITY COLLEGE, OXFORD, AND OF THE SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES, AND LATE

PROFESSOR OF POETRY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD.

A NEW EDITION

CAREFULLY REVISED,

WITH NUMEROUS ADDITIONAL NOTES BY THE LATE MR. RITSON,

THE LATE DR, ASHBY, MR. DOUCE,
MR. PARK, AND OTHER EMINENT ANTIQUARIES,

AND
BY THE EDITOR.

IN FOUR VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR THOMAS TEGG, 73, CHEA PSIDE.

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CONTENT S.

PR 501 W3 1884 V.a

VOL. II.

SECTION V.

Page. SPECIMENS of other popular metrical romances which ap

peared about the end of the thirteenth century. Sir Guy. The
Squier of Low Degree: Sir Degore. King Robert of Sicily.
The King of Tars. Ippomedon. La Mort Arthure. Subjects
of antient tapestry...

Section VI.
Adam Davie flourished in the beginning of the fourteenth century.

Specimens of his poetry. His Life of Alexander. Robert
Baston's comedies. Anecdotes of the early periods of the
English, French and Italian drama

47
SECTION VII.
Character of the reign of Edward the Third. Hampole's Pricke
of Conscience..

86 Section VIII. Pierce Plowman's Visions. Antient state and original institution of Fairs. Donat explained. Antichrist

101 Section IX. Pierce the Plowman's Crede. Constitution and character of the four orders of mendicant friars. Wickliffe

123 Section X. Various specimens of alliterative poetry. Antient alliterative hymn to the Virgin Mary

145 Section XI. John Barbour's History of Robert Bruce, and Blind Harry's Sir

William Wallace. Historical romances of recent events commence about the close of the fourteenth century. Chiefly composed by heralds. Character and business of antient heralds. Narratives written by them. Froissart's History His life and character. Retrospective views of manners ....

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