An Essex Don Quixote: the story of Sir Billy of Billerecay

An Essex Don Quixote: the story of Sir Billy of Billerecay

William Winstanley

?1690

London, England

Printed Book

This is a parody of a parody: William Winstanley’s The Essex Champion: or, The Famous History of Sir Billy of Billerecay, and his Squire Ricardo. It relocates Don Quixote to Essex (Billy's fictional birthplace, now spelt Billericay, is about 30 miles east of London). There Billy is captivated by old romances, such as Guy of Warwick, Bevis of Hampton, and stories of King Arthur: ‘nothing tickled his Fancy so much […] as those Romantik Stories of killing Gyants and Dragons’. He embarks on a disastrous chivalric career, including losing a fight with a scarecrow. Meanwhile, his canny ‘squire’ Ricardo makes his own rakish progress through the narrative, with the aid of an invisibility ring and an eye for the ladies.

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The romance of <em>Gamelyn</em>, from a <em>Canterbury Tales</em> manuscript
The romance of Gamelyn, from a Canterbury Tales manuscript
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Fragments of the Apollonius of Tyre legend
Thomas Lodge's <em>Rosalynde</em>
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Quarto texts of <em>Pericles</em>
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<em>Ponthus et la belle Sidoyne</em>
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An Essex Don Quixote: the story of <em>Sir Billy of Billerecay</em>
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A Latin version of Chaucer's <em>Troilus and Criseyde</em>
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Wynkyn de Worde's <em>Richard Coeur de Lyon</em>
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