By Steven W. May, Arthur F. Marotti
In Ink, Stink Bait, Revenge, and Queen Elizabeth, Steven W. may well and Arthur F. Marotti current a lately came upon “household e-book” from sixteenth-century England. Its major scribe, John Hanson, used to be a yeoman who labored as a criminal agent in rural Yorkshire. His publication, a miscellaneous selection of records that he came across beneficial or attention-grabbing, is a unprecedented instance of a middle-class provincial anthology that comprises, as well as works from the country’s cultural heart, goods of neighborhood curiosity seldom or by no means disseminated nationally.
Among the literary highlights of the family booklet are detailed copies of 2 ballads, whose unique print models were misplaced, describing Queen Elizabeth’s procession via London after the victory over the Spanish Armada; poems attributed to Elizabeth herself; and different verse by means of courtly writers copied from manuscript and print assets. Of neighborhood curiosity is the earliest-known reproduction of a 126-stanza ballad a few mid-fourteenth-century West Yorkshire feud among the Eland and Beaumont households. The manuscript’s utilitarian goods comprise a verse calendar and poetic Decalogue, version felony files, genuine property files, recipes for inks and fish baits, and directions for catching rabbits and birds. Hanson mixed either expert and leisure pursuits in his manuscript, together with fabric with regards to his criminal paintings with wills and actual property transactions.
As may perhaps and Marotti argue of their cultural and historic interpretation of the textual content, Hanson’s family booklet is mainly worthy not just for the weird texts it preserves but in addition for the ways that it demonstrates the intersection of the neighborhood and nationwide and of well known and elite cultures in early sleek England.
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32. Peter C. D. Â€134 (Kendal: Yorkshire Archaeological Society, 1972), 54–55. Â€. Â€44). Â€44–45). Whether such work was a sideline or the main source of income for the elder Hanson and his son, clearly their joint occupation as scriveners and informal legal counsel was an important part of their livelihood. Moreover, Hanson’s youngest son, Nicholas (c. 1562–1613), was formally trained in the law, for his monumental inscription describes him as “one of the Attornies of the Common Pleas, Servant to Sir John Savile, Baron of the Chr.
15. 289–90, from The Riverside Shakespeare, ed. G. Blakemore Evans (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1974). Â€O6). Fox, Oral and Literate Culture,Â€9. 38â•…â•…â•… C hapter 1 Ballads routinely defy definition because of their protean tendency to migrate from popular performance to the press and back to the people, or from broadside to popular performance and back to the press. The well-known ballad of the “Hunting of the Cheviot” (“Chevy Chase”) apparently originated in some form in the fifteenth century, perhaps in the pre-Caxton era.
32 Depositions in a court case of 1574 reveal how the Hansons, father and son, were entrusted to draw up original legal documents. When the heirs of Richard Sunderland of High Sunderland near Halifax contested certain provisions of his will, the Hansons found themselves in the thick of the controversy. ” The next 29. Hanson witnessed the following documents among others (now located in the Armytage archive at Calderdale) to which he was not otherwise a party: KM/S: 254* (grant, 1560); KM: 275 (covenant, 1562); KM/S: 279* (sale, 1562); KM: 289 (sale, 1565); KM: 313 (bond, 1567); KM: 369 (grant, 1574); KM: 390 (sale, 1577); KM: 408 (grant, 1579); KM: 422 (sale, 1581).