:::::Runs damp duster over blog::::: It has been too long since I posted over here  8) This is a class I have taught at the SCA’s Pennsic War and other events for several years, will likely teach again in the future. ——————————————————– GET YOUR WIT OUT OF THE HUNDRED MERRY TALES “I would wish you […]

I first wrote this piece in (I think) 2003.   A local SCA group had been holding “The Agincourt Memorial Tournament” for many years, complete with a “battle” where the fighters chose to fight as English or French, and an archery shoot.   I was surprised that there hadn’t been incorporation of the play in […]

Another “story diary” entry, of a tale from a collection rendered on Captain Cox’s / Laneham’s bibliography as “Virgil’s Life”.        The text is from a secondary (I think) source:   “A Collection of Early Prose Romances” (Vol. II), William J. Thoms, Ed.,    London (William Pickering, Chancery Lane). Blog entry for “Virgil’s […]

I am shifting gears a bit, to generate (in the manner of a clothier’s “dress diary”, a “story diary” to demonstrate my adaptation process. An SCA performer called Rosalind Jehanne has written a compelling song called “The Battle of Maldon”, which Lynette de Gallardon taught at a “teaching bardic circle” a number of years ago. […]

This is meant to be a summary of the past months’ work (and individual entries) to locate (mostly) free, (mostly) unrestricted online copies of stories, plays, ballads, almanacs and jest-books from a sixteenth-century list.     In 1575,    one Robert Laneham / Langham detailed the myriad of entertainments provided for the delectation of Queen […]

I am choosing to cover the last category’s three named entries with a single post.     Laneham mentions “Iasper Laet of Antwarp”,    “Nostradam of Frauns” and “John Securiz of Salisbury”. PEDIGREES:   Apparently, there are reams of Printer’s Licenses granted for multiple editions of each of these titles. Furnivall cites licenses for “Iasper […]

PEDIGREE:    Mr. Furnivall cites a manuscript (“Appendix of Royal MSS, no. 58”) for which he cites no date or date range.     I have spent a long search and come up nearly empty-handed.      If this is the same MS as “Royal Appendix 58” which I saw in part of an article […]

Of the next four ballads listed,   “Over A Whinny, Meg”,   “Bonny Lass Upon A Green”,   and “My Bonny One Gave Me A Beck” were not extant in Mr. Furnivall’s day, and a  cursory Internet search does not lead to any further information regarding them now    :::sad face::: “HEY DING A DING” […]

PEDIGREE:    Mr. Furnivall refers to a collection by Joseph Ritson titled “Ancient Songs and Ballads, From the Reign of King Henry II to the Revolution”, for the surviving text of this ballad.      Ritson’s entry for the ballad places it in a British Museum manuscript (Sloan MS 1584) believed to have been scribed […]

This next portion of the Captain’s library lists seven songs, then sums up “and a hundred more, he hath, fair wrapt vp in Parchment, and bound with a whipcord.”    Those of us who follow after Laneham, and the Captain, and Furnivall, may want to take a moment to process our frustration with the period […]