Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Titel:
A history of caricature and grotesque in literature and art
Person:
Wright, Thomas Fairholt, Frederick William
Persistente ID:
urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1429385
PURL:
https://digitalesammlungen.uni-weimar.de/viewer/resolver?urn=urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1431795
in 
Literature 
and Art. 
185 
of the barons, immediately after the victory at Lewes, fet forth the 
political tenets of his party, and gave the principles of Englilh liberty 
nearly the fame broad bans on which they {land at the prefent. It is an 
evidence of the extent to which thefe principles were now acknowledged, 
that in this great baronial ltruggle our political fongs began to be written 
in the Englifh language, an acknowledgment that they concerned the 
whole Englifh public. 
We trace little of this clafs of literature during the reign of Edward I.; 
but, when the popular feelings became turbulent again under the reign of 
his Ion and fucceifor, political fongs became more abundant, and their fatire 
was directed more even than formerly againft meafures and principles, 
and was leis an inftrument of mere perfonal abufe. One fatirical poem 
of this period, which I had printed from an imperfect copy in a manu- 
fcript at Edinburgh, but of which a more complete copy was fubfequently 
found in a manufcript in the library of St. Peter's College, Cambridge," 
is extremely curious as being the earlieft fatire of this kind written in 
Engliih that we poffels. It appears to have been written in the year 
I320. The writer of this poem begins by telling us that his object is to 
explain the caufe of the war, ruin, and manflaughter which then prevailed 
throughout the land, and why the poor were fuffering from hunger and 
want, the cattle perifhed in the field, and the corn was dear. Thefe he 
afcribes to the increafing wickednefs of all orders of fociety. To begin 
with the church, Rome was the head of all corruptions, at the papal 
court falfehood and treachery only reigned, and the door of the pope's 
palace was lhut againft truth. During the twelfth and following centuries 
thefe complaints, in terms more or leis forcible, againft the corruptions of 
Rome, are continually repeated, and {how that the evil mull have been 
one under which everybody felt oppreifed. The old charge of Romifh 
fimony is repeated in this poem in very ilrong terms. " The clerk's voice 
lhall be little heard at the court of Rome, were he ever fo good, unlefs 
he 
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" " APoem on the Times of Edward III., from a MS. preserved in time Library 
of St. Peter's College, Cambridge." Edited by the Rev. C. Hardw1ck- 3v0- 
London, 134.9. (One of the publications of the Percy Society.) 
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