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Thomas B. Costain's four-volume background of the Plantagenets starts with THE CONQUERING kin and the conquest of britain by means of William the Conqueror in 1066, final with the reign of John in 1216. The stricken interval after the Norman Conquest, whilst the rules of presidency have been hammered out among monarch and folks, involves existence via Costain's storytelling ability and historic mind's eye.

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26 Where do Pamphlets Come From? term referring to a book made from sheets of paper folded twice, and thus smaller than a more expensive book or folio made of sheets folded only once. 80 While subject matter plays a central part in his taxonomy, Raymond’s answer relies equally on the technology of print and the developing marketplace where, for mere pennies, booksellers sell to curiosity-seekers and Counter-Reformers alike the little ‘pamflettes’, ‘trifles’ and ‘treaties’ so reviled by Queen Elizabeth.

W. Skeat, 7 vols. (Oxford, 1897), VII, bk 3, ch. 9, ln. v. ‘pamphlet’. Strohm’s description of the Testament of Love as ‘florid art-prose’ is in ‘Politics and Poetics: Usk and Chaucer in the 1380s’, in Literary Practice and Social Change, ed. €Patterson (Berkeley, 1990), pp. 83–112 (p. 98). For a more complete view of Usk’s politics as a writer, see P. Strohm, Hochon’s Arrow: The Social Imagination of FourteenthCentury Texts (Princeton, 1992), pp. 145–60; M. Turner, Chaucerian Conflict: Languages of Antagonism in Late Fourteenth-Century London (Oxford, 2007), pp.

Taylor, W. Childs and L. Watkiss, Oxford Medieval Texts (Oxford, 2003), p. 2; and KC, p. 414. Fovent’s pamphlet however 19 Parliament and Political Pamphleteering in Fourteenth-Century England restore good government, no matter how vigorously the accused maintained their innocence or how desperately the condemned pleaded for their lives. 56 These records are themselves discrete texts, and both the official and unofficial reports often seem in dialogue with one another, each one informing and influencing the next.

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