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Thomas Wright's Political Songs of England

Thomas Wright's Political Songs of England
From the Reign of John to that of Edward II


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  • Date Published: April 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521555876

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  • This book contains a collection of political verses, venality satires and songs of social protest from medieval England. First edited by Thomas Wright in 1839, these so-called 'political songs' are reissued here on behalf of the Royal Historical Society. The collection provides a fascinating insight into medieval responses to contemporary events. A wide-ranging introduction from Peter Coss offers observations on authorship, audience, the means of dissemination and the use of the languages involved. The reader is brought up to date on the critical study of the poems and on their significance and potentiality for the modern historian and literary scholar. Professor Coss corrects Wright's dating where necessary and puts each item into its full contemporary context, making these fascinating verses accessible to the modern reader.

    • Reissue of classic edition of medieval political songs, with full new introduction and notes from Peter Coss
    • Will be of interest and importance to both medieval historians and scholars of medieval literature
    • The Political Songs offer insights into Medieval society which are fully brought out and explained here
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521555876
    • length: 490 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction to the 1996 edition
    Thomas Wright's preface to the 1839 edition
    Reign of King John: Song of the Siege of Thouars (French)
    Sirvente on King John (Provençal)
    Song on the Bishops (Latin)
    Song on the Times (Latin)
    Reign of Henry III: The Taking of Lincoln (Latin)
    Song on the Corruptions of the Time (Latin)
    Sirvente against King Henry (Provençal)
    Another Sirvente (Provençal)
    The Song of the Church (Anglo-Norman)
    Song against the Bishops (Latin)
    Song on the Times (Latin)
    Song upon the Tailors (Latin and Anglo-Norman)
    Song of the Welsh (Latin)
    Song of the Barons (Anglo-Norman)
    Song of the Peace with England (French)
    Song against the King of Almaigne (English)
    The Battle of Lewes (Latin)
    Song upon the Divisions among the Barons (Latin)
    Lament of Simon de Montfort (Anglo-Norman)
    Reign of Edward I: Praise of Young Edward (Latin)
    Song on the Times (Latin, with an Anglo-Norman version)
    The Order of Fair-Ease (Anglo-Norman)
    Song of the Husbandman (English)
    Against the Pride of the Ladies (English)
    Satire on the Consistory Courts (English)
    Song on the Scottish Wars (Latin)
    On the Deposition of Baliol (Latin)
    Song against the King's Taxes (Anglo-Norman and Latin)
    Song on the Flemish Insurrection (English)
    Song on the Times (English)
    Song against the Scholastic Studies (Latin)
    Song of 'Nego' (English)
    Song on the Execution of Sir Simon Fraser (English)
    Song on the Venality of the Judges (Latin)
    The Outlaw's Song of Trailebaston (Anglo-Norman)
    Song against the Retinues of the Great People (English)
    Reign of Edward II
    Lament on the Death of Edward I (Anglo-Norman)
    Elegy on the Death of Edward I (English)
    Song on the Times (Anglo-Norman, Latin and English)
    On the King's Breaking his Confirmation of Magna Carta (Anglo-Norman and English)
    Two Songs on the Death of Peter de Gaveston (Latin)
    The Battle of Bannockburn (Latin)
    Office of St Thomas of Lancaster (Latin)
    Appendix: Extracts from Peter Langtoft's Chronicle (Anglo-Norman and English) i. Edward I's War with Scotland ii. The Trailebastons, and the Execution of Wallace
    Poem on the Evil Time of Edward II (English)

  • Author

    Thomas Wright


    Peter Coss, University of Wales College of Cardiff

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