Monthly Archives: February 2013

Daily (Captain) Cox–“The Castle of Ladiez”

Pedigree–Furnivall and his contemporaries found no other known candidate for this title than the Tudor English translation (by Brian Anslay) of Christine de Pizan’s  “City of Ladies” (originally written in 1405).     According to W.C. Hazlitt, there is a printing by Wynken de Worde, but Furnivall mentions little about that edition (no date, either). […]

Daily (Captain) Cox–“Virgil’s Life”

Pedigree:   The edition which Mr. Furnivall referred to is a reprint from 1827 (in William J. Thoms’  “A Collection of Early Prose Romances”, volume II), of an Antwerp printing (“circa 1520”) by Johan Doesborcke (quarto in the Bodleian’s Douce collection). Synopsis:     The Classical Roman poet Virgil shares only a name and location […]

Daily (Captain) Cox–“Lucres and Eurialus”

Pedigree:   Originally written (in Latin)  in the fifteenth century by Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini (later Pope Pius II).     Mr. Furnivall refers to three known English printings from the sixteenth century, the latest of which was by Wyllyam Copland in 1567. Synopsis:    When the Emperor Sigismund visited the Tuscan town of Sienna, a […]

Daily (Captain) Cox–“Olyver of the Castl(e)”

Pedigree:    Furnivall supplies a quote from James O. Halliwell (“A Spanish Romance…very popular throughout Europe, and translated into most European languages.”), after the colophon (printer’s production note) from an English translation / printing:  “Ye (keyboard doesn’t do thorns) Historye of Olyuer of Castylle and the Fayre Helayne.   Here endeth ye historye of Olyuer […]

Daily (Captain) Cox–“Syr Gawyn”

Pedigree:   “It’s complicated”. There are, as many readers of this page already know, many medieval stories about  Sir Gawain, including “…and the Green Knight” and “The Marriage of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle”.     Furnivall (and his fellow scholars / sources) believed the tale referenced by Langham to be “A Jeste (Geste) of […]

Daily (Captain) Cox–“Sir Isenbras”

“Pedigree”–“Sir Isumbras” appears in the same Thornton Manuscript which features “Sir Eglamour”, in Middle English.    Wyllyam Copland printed another edition, but the surviving copy of this printing has no date.   This is a tale with medieval morals.     Isumbras is punished for his pride by losing his belongings, and then his three […]

Daily (Captain) Cox–“Sir Tryamour” and “Sir Lamwell”

“Pedigrees”– –The earliest surviving edition of “Sir Tryamour” is a fifteenth-century manuscript held currently by the University of Cambridge (Cambridge MS Ff. 2.38).    There were two sixteenth-century printings known, both by William Coplande.    There is also a copy of the story in the seventeenth-century Percy Folio. In “Captain Cox: His Books and Ballads”, […]

Daily (Captain) Cox–“Sir Eglamoour”

“Pedigree”–“Sir Eglamore of Artoys” originated in France, and the earliest surviving translation dates from the mid-fifteenth century (an imperfect copy in the Thornton Manuscript, and a complete edition at Cambridge).     Sixteenth century printings were made, undated, by William Copland and John Walley, and there are surviving copies of each (Copland’s in the Bodleian, […]

Daily (Captain) Cox- “Frederik of Gene”

PEDIGREE–The version of this tale believed most likely to have been known to Captain Cox would be a printing which originated in Antwerp, by John Dosborowghe / Jan van Doesborch, “The Story of Lord Fred Ricke of Jennen”, or a printing by Pinson (Frederyke of Jennen), date unknown. SYNOPSIS:   This story has appeared both […]

Daily (Captain) Cox–“The Knight of Courtesy and the Lady Faguell”

“Pedegree”–per Furnivall, “The only edition known is by Wyllyam Coplande, not dated, but probably before 1557 as there is no notice of it in the Stationers’ First Register.” This sad story involves a married lady who meets the knight of the title after the Knight’s courtesy and valor cause her husband to invite him to […]