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R. H. Barham

(1788—1845) writer and Church of England clergyman


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(1788–1845),

a clergyman, author of The Ingoldsby Legends: or Mirth and Marvels, by Thomas Ingoldsby esquire first published from 1837 in Bentley's Miscellany and The New Monthly Magazine, and first collected in 1840. Their lively rhythms and their comic and grotesque treatment of medieval legend, made them immensely popular. One of the best known is the story of the Jackdaw of Rheims, who stole the archbishop's ring, was cursed, fell ill, but recovered when the curse was lifted, and became devout.

Subjects: Literature.


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