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John Stow

(1525—1605) historian

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Aldgate

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval).

One of the gates in the city wall of London. It was on the east side, and through it came a busy thoroughfare. Chaucer had a dwelling over Aldgate from ...

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Arthur Agard

Overview page. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Bibliography.

(1540–1615),

English antiquary. In 1603 Agard was created deputy chamberlain of the exchequer, where he may have been a clerk from an early age. Here he spent three years drawing...

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Canterbury Tales

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Late 14th‐cent. unfinished masterpiece by Chaucer. The General Prologue presents portraits of diverse pilgrims congregated at the Tabard inn (Southwark), including a battle‐worn Knight,...

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chronicles

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A written record of events presented in order of time, and updated regularly over a prolonged period. The chroniclers of the Middle Ages, from the compilers of King Alfred's Anglo-Saxon...

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coaches

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According to John Stow, ‘In the yeare 1564 Guilliam Boonen, a Dutchman, became the Queene's Coachman, and was the first that brought the use of coaches into England … within twenty years...

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Dance of Death

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This motif in literature and art consists of figures of each of the three estates being led by a dancing figure of Death. Exemplars of the theme were murals in ...

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editing and editions

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval).

An ‘edition’ (derived from a word meaning ‘put forth’ or ‘publish’) is (OED) ‘one of the differing forms in which a literary work (or a collection of works) is published ...

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Fair Rosamond

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(d. ?1176)

Probably mistress of Henry II in 1174. She was buried in the choir of Godstow Abbey near Oxford, and her remains were removed to the chapter house there ...

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Fysshestrete

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A street near London Bridge, close to the river, mentioned by the Pardoner as a place where Spanish wine is sold (VI.564). In the time of Stow, there were still ...

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Henry VI Part 1

Overview page. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

On 3 March 1592 the manager-owner of the Rose theatre, Philip Henslowe, recorded a ‘new’ performance of ‘Harry the VI’ in his diary. While this may conceivably allude to any ...

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