‘Monstrous Children’ in Post-Reformation England

In Early Modern England, children were not only in choirs, but they also participated in plays to entertain mayors, Queens, and Kings, in addition to travelling alongside acting guilds in larger cycle productions. There were, however, rare cases where deformed children or ‘monstrous chyldrn’ were paraded for a sum of money (payable to their owner)Continue reading “‘Monstrous Children’ in Post-Reformation England”

The History, Preservation, and Conservation of the Beowulf Text Cotton MS Vitellius A xv

Introduction and Story Content    Beowulf is the foundational text in the English literary canon. It is the only epic in Old English and has been used as a source for a large portion of our vocabulary and understanding of Old English and Anglo-Saxon England. Nobody knows for certain when the poem was originally composed inContinue reading “The History, Preservation, and Conservation of the Beowulf Text Cotton MS Vitellius A xv”