A Fragmentary Draft as the Groundwork for Bloodthirsty 'Sir Cauline' in Thomas Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry: British Library, Add. MS. 39547, f. 157v - British Library Research Repository
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A Fragmentary Draft as the Groundwork for Bloodthirsty 'Sir Cauline' in Thomas Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry: British Library, Add. MS. 39547, f. 157v

2018

Abstract

This article takes a novel approach to Thomas Percy's draft on 'Sir Cauline' in his ballad collection Reliques of Ancient English Poetry, which is stored in the British Library (Add. MS. 39547, f. 157v). Very little attention has heretofore been paid to the conflation of the draft with the romance 'Eger and Grine' that contributed to reinforce the bloodthirsty image of the Reliques. This article carefully compares the draft, 'Eger and Grine' and the Reliques ballad to demonstrate how 'Sir Cauline' was presented in the Reliques via the conflation. The demonstration provides a new model for Percy's creation process in this ballad.

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