The Literature of Roguery (1)

The Literature of Roguery (1) (Paperback)

By Frank Wadleigh Chandler 
Publisher: General Books
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 1150517190
EAN: 9781150517198
No. of Units: 1
No. of Pages: 182
Publish Date: 2009-12-31
Binding: Paperback
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...multitude attended him." After his last great battle with the bailiffs in Bow Church he made confession of his rogueries, and Lodge concludes: "Let this example serue to withdraw the bad-minded from Bedlem insolence, and incorage the good to followe godlinesse." What renders the pamphlet of note is its realistic detail and perfect fictional style. 1 Ward, English Dramatic Literature, vol. ii, pp. 218, 219, notes several: The Warning for Fair Women (pr. 1599), Robert Yarrington's Two Tragedies in One (pr. 1601), Houghton and Day's Thomas Merry (pl. 1594), and The Fair Maid of Bristol (pr. 1605). Best of all the early criminal biographies was "The Life and Death of Gamaliel Ratsey, a Famous Theefe of England" (1605).1 This heralded the achievements of a real rascal, most of whose tricks seem to have been derived from jest-books or conny-catching pamphlets. Although he fails to enter service, he is otherwise a thorough picaro. He was early the pride of virtuous parents and went as soldier with the Earl of Essex into Ireland. Upon his return as a sergeant, however, he took to roguery, first practicing on the affections of a serving-maid at an inn in order the better to pilfer a bag of money from the hostelry.2 On breaking jail after this affair, he tricked a groom who was leading his master's horse and riding another. For he persuaded the fellow to allow him to mount the free nag and so passed for the master himself, and presently sold one horse and ran away with the other. In his bolder highway expeditions, Ratsey on one occasion robbed a scholar of Cambridge whom he forced to preach a sermon in a wood, an echo of the old legend of Parson Haben's or Hyberdyne's sermon.3 Next he robbed two woolmen and knighted them as Sir Walter Woolsack and Sir...
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Title: The Literature of Roguery (1)
Publisher: General Books
Author: Frank Wadleigh Chandler
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 1150517190
EAN: 9781150517198
No. of Units: 1
No. of Pages: 182
Publish Date: 2009-12-31
Binding: Paperback

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