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HISTORY OF ENGLISH POETRY,
CLOSE OF THE ELEVENTH
COMMENCEMENT OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY.
TO WHICH ARE PREFIXED,
1. OF THE ORIGIN OF ROMANTIC FICTION IN EUROPE.
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
WITH NUMEROUS ADDITIONAL NOTES BY THE LATE MR. RITSON,
THE LATE DR, ASHBY, MR. DOUCE,
IN FOUR VOLUMES.
PRINTED FOR THOMAS TEGG, 73, CHEA PSIDE.
PR 501 W3 1884 V.a
Page. SPECIMENS of other popular metrical romances which ap
peared about the end of the thirteenth century. Sir Guy. The
Specimens of his poetry. His Life of Alexander. Robert
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 ....