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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 trunity college, oxford, AND or the sociFTY of ANTIQUARIEN, Ann LATE
PROFEsson or Portray in the UNIVERSITY or oxford.

A NEW EDITION
CAREFULLY REVISED,

with NUMenous AdditionAL Notes BY THE LATE MR. RITson,
THE LATE DR. ASHBY, MR. Douce,
MR. PARK, AND other EMINENT ANtiquaries,
And
BY The EDITOR.

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Section V. SPECIMENS of other popular metrical romances which appeared 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 ....................

SECTION VII.

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

Section VIII.

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

SECTIon IX.

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

SEction X.

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

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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