By Hilton Kelliher, Stephen Knight
The invention of the Forresters Manuscript in 1993 solid new gentle at the Robin Hood ballad culture. courting from approximately 1670, it includes twenty-one ballads, with types of 1, delivering texts truly more advantageous to these on hand in kid's vintage ballad assortment: for instance, the motion of Robin Hood and Queen Katherine and The Noble Fisherman, vague for hundreds of years, is now transparent in models fuller than these it appears cut back to slot the scale for broadside publication.Other Forresters texts of excessive curiosity are greatly variation texts of Robin Hood and Allin a Dale, Robin Hood and the Bishop and The King's conceal and Friendship with Robin Hood, the final supplying texts a few seventy years prior This version bargains a whole diplomatic textual content in unique spelling with gentle sleek punctuation, textual introductions, notes on textual content and that means, thesaurus and bibliography. A basic creation discusses the traits of the manuscript asa complete, and a Manuscript Description is supplied by way of HILTON KELLIHER, Keeper of Western Manuscripts on the British Library.STEPHEN KNIGHTis Professor of English Literature on the collage of Wales at Cardiff.
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Extra resources for Robin Hood: The Forresters Manuscript (British Library Additional MS 71158)
The rectos of ff. 1 and 2 were given an additional single horizontal rule at the foot and a double one at the head, but only the second of these pages was called into use for the table of contents. At the time scribe A compiled the bulk of this table, at a single sitting, the collection was for the most part complete and he must have known that a single page would suffice. Only the unnumbered ballad (no. 10B), 'Another of R H & the Pinder', is not given a separate entry. The titles of the last two ballads Page xxv Plate 2.
Not only the order of the garland texts is changed: only four of the Forresters texts are clearly taken from a garland (the last four come from the 1670 version): of the other twelve ballads which correspond with the garland contents, only numbers 13, Robin Hood and the Begger and 15, Robin Hood and Will Scathlock have any textual links, and those uncertainly, with the garlands. They and the other ten Forresters ballads that appear in the two early garlands often closely resemble the separately sold printed sheets known as broadsides: these textual connections are discussed in the Introduction to each ballad.
Acknowledgement is made to the Bodleian Library for permission to reproduce the cover illustration and to the British Library for permission to print the text of the ballads from the manuscript in their possession, and to reproduce Plates 1 and 2. STEPHEN KNIGHT UNIVERSITY OF WALES, CARDIFF Page xi General Introduction Contents The Forresters manuscript contains twenty-two ballads that are numbered on the manuscript's table of contents from 1 to 21 (see Plate 1): there are two versions of Robin Hood and the Pinder of Wakefield, here numbered 10A and 10B.
Robin Hood: The Forresters Manuscript (British Library Additional MS 71158) by Hilton Kelliher, Stephen Knight