A shared book

A shared book

Anon.

15th century

southern England

Manuscript

The poem Arthour and Merlin is copied here in a shortened form, focusing on Merlin’s childhood antics rather than the chronicle-style narrative of Arthur included in other versions. It is written in a Dorset dialect, and some of its readers can be localized even more precisely to the town of Tolpuddle, from the seventeenth-century inscription on fol. 14r: ‘This is Robert Jones his booke recorde of Steven Jones and of Robert Webbe and of Misteris Caterne Jones and of many mo good people in the parishe of Tolpudle’. This is a reminder that even the most modest books could be enjoyed and valued by numerous readers, sometimes over many generations.

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A shared book
A shared book
A rough draft and fair copy of <em>Sir Firumbras</em>
A rough draft and fair copy of Sir Firumbras
Rate’s personal anthology
Rate’s personal anthology
An enthusiast’s ‘Poetry Pasty’
An enthusiast’s ‘Poetry Pasty’
<em>Richard Coeur de Lyon</em>
Richard Coeur de Lyon