Virgidemiarum, Sex Libri

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By J. Hall, two volumes of English satire, 1597 and 1598. The first volume, called ‘Toothless’, satirizes certain literary conventions in the spirit of Martial and Horace; the second volume, Juvenalian in character, ‘bites’ fiercely into such ills as sexual promiscuity, ostentatious piety, impostures in astrology and genealogy, economic injustices, etc. The title means ‘a sheaf of rods’, with which the satirist delivers his blows.

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