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Author

Hawes, Stephen

Title

Pastime of Pleasure

Sub-Title

Publisher

 

Printed for the Percy Society by T. Richards

Year

1845

City

London

Edition

Scanned

Searchable

Cleaned

Deluxe

 

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50.0000

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Description

Hawes (1474?-1523) was Groom of the Chamber to Henry VII. He had a prodigious memory and could repeat by heart the works of most of the English poets, especially the poems of John Lydgate, whom he called his master. The Passetyme of Pleasure, or the History of Graunde Amour and la Bel Pucel, conteining the knowledge of the Seven Sciences and the Course of Man's Life in this Worlde, was originally printed in 1509 by Wynkyn. It is a long allegory in seven-lined stanzas of man's life in this world, divided into sections after the manner of the Morte d'Arthur. The Percy Society was a group of amateur and professional antiquarians whose purpose was to publish accurate editions of scarce poems and songs. It was founded in 1840 and collapsed in 1852. The twelve founding members of the committee included John Payne Collier, Thomas Crofton Croker, Thomas Wright, James Orchard Halliwell (treasurer), Charles Mackay, Edward Francis Rimbault (secretary) and William Chappell. Later members included William Sandys, and Robert Bell. They took care to print the text exactly as given in their sources. For their publications, the members drew on manuscripts and printed ephemera in the British Museum, the Bodleian Library, the Ashmolean Museum, the Pepys collection (Cambridge), The Douce collection (Oxford), and their own private collections. (Copied from the website at which I purchased this item.)

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