Roswal and Lillian

Roswal and Lillian

Anon.

c.1785

?Edinburgh, Scotland

Printed Book

This is a chapbook edition of The pleasant History of Roswal and Lillian (?Edinburgh, c.1785). Chapbooks were small and cheap prints that retold popular stories, ballads and romances, often in simplified form. They could be bought for a penny or two, and their audience often included children as well as adults. Sir Walter Scott, whose fascination with medieval stories fuelled his own medievalist poetry and fictions, remembered the story of Roswal and Lillian being sung on the streets of Edinburgh in his youth. This copy belonged to the antiquarian and scholar Francis Douce, and is bound into a volume with other fragile chapbooks.

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