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'A Tale of Ludlow Castle'

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9786

Scope and Contents

A poem in four cantos, with title page, preface, prologue, notes and appendix. The poem, a story of Fulke Fitzwarine, appears to be loosely based on a thirteenth-century romance 'Fouke le Fitzwarin', as printed in excerpt and described as 'an old Englisch boke yn ryme of the Gestes of Guarine and his sunnes' in Leland's 'Collectanea'. The Fitzwarine family story had been treated in verse earlier in the nineteenth century in 'Fitz-Gwarine, A Ballad of the Welsh Border' (1812) by John F. M. Dovaston, who also cited Leland as a source. Corrected fair copy: the manuscript of the poem and accompanying matter includes amendments and cancellations reflected in the published edition, and the notes to all four cantos are located between the poem and the appendix and through-numbered. The manuscript title page has identical text (punctuation excepted) to the printed edition: 'A Tale of Ludlow Castle. By the Rev. W. W. Skeat. M.A. Late Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge, and translator of "The Songs and Ballads of Uhland." London: Bell & Daldy. Cambridge: Deighton, Bell, and Co. 1866.' The verso of page 24 bears the note 'Sent by The Rev. W. W. Skeat, 22, Regent Street, Cambridge' and the remains of a postage stamp. With an accompanying sheet, partially in the hand of J. D. Pickles, recording the gift of the manuscript to Pickles by Skeat's grandson, T. C. Skeat, in 1989.


  • Creation: 1865 (conjectured; the preface in the printed edition is dated December 1865)


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1 collection (Five bifolios with pages numbered [1]-10 and 108 single sheets numbered 1-108, + title page and note page paper) : paper

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Dr J. D. Pickles via the Friends of Cambridge University Library, February 2008.

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