A Hundred Merry Tales (häftad)
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Welkin Books
Ewing, John Thor
26 black and white illustrations
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459:B&W 6.14 x 9.21 in or 234 x 156 mm (Royal 8vo) Perfect Bound on Creme w/Matte Lam
A Hundred Merry Tales (häftad)

A Hundred Merry Tales

The Shakespeare Jest Book

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Rastell's A Hundred Merry Tales was the first English jest book, and would set a pattern for succeeding generations, who came to see it as a window on a lost 'Merry England.'

Originally published in 1524-5, this charming collection of amusing (sometimes scurrilous) anecdotes was celebrated by contemporaries among the defining books of the Tudor era, and is even name-checked by Shakespeare.

This new edition of A Hundred Merry Tales presents these comic stories in modern spelling with comprehensive notes. It is the first edition to draw on all four available source editions, and the first to bring together all 103 tales published under this title by John Rastell, including rediscovered ?lost? passages.

Although authorship of A Hundred Merry Tales has been contested in the past, the present editor carefully considers this question, drawing the conclusion that 'it makes sense for us now to recognise John Rastell as effective author of the body of tales as a whole.'
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John Rastell (c.1475-1536) was an adventurer and explorer, he worked as an artist alongside Holbein, he wrote entertainments for kings and emperors, he created the first usable type for printing music, he was the first printer of secular drama, and he built the first modern theatre, but it is on his legacy as a writer, printer and publisher that his reputation now chiefly rests. John Thor Ewing is a writer and historian who has published chiefly on aspects of early medieval history. Born in 1967, he studied Medieval Literature at Durham University, and now lives on the Welsh border with his wife and two children.



textual criticism

who was john rastell?

the tales in their sixteenth-century context


the tales

1. of him that said there were but two commandments. (a.1/b.1)

2. of the citizen that called the priest ‘sir john,’ and he called him ‘master ralph.’ (b.2)

3. of the wife that made her husband to go sit in the arbour in the night, while her prentice lay with her in her bed. (a.2/b.3)

4. of him that played the devil and came through the warren, and made them that stole the coneys to run away. (a.3/b.4/d.2)

5. of the sick man that bequeathed his third son a little ground with the gallows. (a.4/b.5/d.3)

6. of the cuckold who gained a ring by his judgement. (a.5/b.6)

7. of the husbandman that asked for master pisspot the physician. (b.7)

8. of the scholar that bore his shoes to clouting. (a.6/b.8/d.4)

9. of him that said that a woman’s tongue was lightest meat of digestion. (a.7/b.9/d.5)

10. of the woman that followed her fourth husband’s hearse and wept. (a.8/b.10/d.6)

11. of the woman that said her wooer came too late. (a.9/b.11/d.7)

12. of the miller with the golden thumb. (a.10/b.12/d.8)

13. of the horseman of ireland that prayed o’conor to hang up the friar. (a.11/b.13)

14. of the priest that said neither ‘corpus meus’ nor ‘corpum meum.’ (a.12/b.14/d.10)

15. of the two friars, whereof the one loved not the eel head nor the other the tail. (a.13/b.15/d.11)

16. of the welshman that shrove him for breaking his fast on the friday. (a.14/b.16)

17. of the merchant of london that put nobles in his mouth in his deathbed. (a.15/b.17)

18. of the miller that stole the nuts and of the tailor that stole a sheep. (a.16/b.18)

19. of the four elements, where they should soon be found. (a.17/b.19/d.12)

20. of the woman that poured the potage in the judge’s mail. (a.18/b.20)

21. of the wedded men that came to heaven to claim their heritage. (a.19/b.21/d.13)

22. of the merchant that charged his son to find one to sing for his soul. (a.20/b.22/d.14)

23. of the maid washing clothes that answered the friar. (a.21/b.23)

24. of the three wise men of gotham. (a.22/b.24)

25. of the grey friar that answered his penitent. (a.23/b.25)

26. of the gentleman that bore the segboard on his neck. (a.24/b.26/d.15)

27. of the merchant’s wife that said she would take a nap at a sermon. (a.25/b.27/d.16)

28. of the woman that said, and she lived another year she would have a cuckold’s hat of her own. (a.26/b.28/d.17)

29. of the gentleman that wished his tooth in the gentlewoman’s tail. (a.27/b.29/d.18)

30. of the welshman that confessed him how be had slain a friar. (a.28/b.30)

. . . [tales 31-89] . . .

90. of the priest that killed his horse called modicum. (a.8...