A prose tale of adventure by T. Nashe, published 1594, the earliest Picaresque romance in English, and the most remarkable work of the kind before Defoe.
Jack Wilton is ‘a certain kind of an appendix or page’ attending on the court of Henry VIII, who lives by his wits, playing tricks on a niggardly old victualler and other gullible occupants of the camp, and gets whipped for his pains. Subsequent travels take him to Italy (as page to the earl of Surrey), and to Wittenberg, where he hears Luther's Disputations. The book includes much literary parody and pastiche.
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