PDF Vol. III. PDF Volume The First PDF Front cover PDF Endsheet PDF Title page PDF To His Grace George Duke Of Marlborough, Marquis Of Blandford, Knight Of The Most Noble Order of the Garter, A Judge And A Patron Of The Polite Arts, This Work Is Most Humbly Inscribed By his Grace's most obliged, And most obedient Servant, Thomas Warton. PDF Preface. PDF Contents Of The Sections in the First Volume. PDF Of The Origin Of Romantic Fiction in Europe. Dissertation I. PDF On The Introduction Of Learning into England. Dissertation II. PDF Section I. State of Language. Prevalence of the French language before and after the Norman conquest. Specimens of Norman-Saxon poems. Legends in verse. Earliest love-song. Alexandrine verses. Satirical pieces. First English metrical romance. PDF Section II. Satirical ballad in the thirteenth century. The king's poet. Robert of Brunne. Antient political ballads. Robert of Brunne. The Brut of England. Le Roman le Rou. Gests and jestours. Erceldoune and Kendale. Bishop Grosthead. Monks write for the Minstrels. Monastic libraries full of romances. Minstrels admitted into the monasteries. Regnorum Chronica and Mirabilia Mundi. Early European travellers into the east. Elegy on Edward the first.
PDF Section III. Effects of the increase of tales of chivalry. Rise of chivalry. Crusades. Rise and improvements of Romance. View of the rise of metrical romances. Their currency about the end of the thirteenth century. French ministrels in England. Provencial poets. Popular romances. Dares Phrygius. Guido de Colonna. Fabulous histories of Alexander. Pilpay's Fables. Roman d'Alexandre. Alexandrines. Communications between the French and English ministrels. Use of the Provencial writers. Two forts of troubadours PDF Section IV. Examination and specimens of the metrical romance of Richard the First. Greek fire. Military machines used in the crusades. Musical instruments of the Saracen armies. Ignorance of geography in the dark ages. PDF Section V. Specimens of other popular metrical romances which appeared about the end of the thirteenth century. Sir Guy. The Squier of Low Degree. Sir Degore. King Robert of Sicily. The King of Tars. Ippomedon. La Mort Arthure. Subjects of antient tapestry.
PDF Section VI. Adam Davie flourished in the beginning of the fourteenth century. Specimens of his poetry. His Life of Alexander. Robert Baston's comedies. Anecdotes of the early periods of the English, French, and Italian, drama. PDF Section VII. Character of the reign of Edward the third. Hampole's Pricke of Conscience. PDF Section VIII. Pierce Plowman's Visions. Antient state and original institution of fairs. Donat explained. Antichrist.
PDF Section IX. Pierce the Plowman's Crede. Constitution and character of the four orders of mendicant friars. Wickliffe. PDF Section X. Various specimens of alliterative poetry. Antient alliterative hymn to the Virgin Mary. PDF Section XI. John Barbour's History of Robert Bruce, and Blind Harry's Sir William Wallace. Historical romances of recent events commence about the close of the fourteenth century. Chiefly composed by heralds. Character and business of antient heralds. Narratives written by them. Froissart's History. His life and character. Retrospective view of manners. PDF Section XII. General view of the character of Chaucer. Boccacio's Teseide. A Greek poem on that subject. Tournaments at Constantinople. Common practice of the Greek exiles to translate the popular Italian poems. Specimens both of the Greek and Italian Theseid. Critical examination of the Knight's Tale. PDF Section XIII. The subject of Chaucer continued. His Romaunt of the Rose. William of Lorris and John of Meun. Specimens of the French Le Roman de la Rose. Improved by Chaucer. William of Lorris excells in allegorical personages. Petrarch dislikes this poem. PDF Section XIV. Chaucer continued. His Troilus and Cresseide. Boccacio's Troilo. Sentimental and pathetic strokes in Chaucer's poem. House of Fame. A Provencial composition. Analysed. Improperly imitated by Pope. PDF Section XV. Chaucer continued. The supposed occasion of his Canterbury Tales superior to that of Boccacio's Decameron. Squire's Tale, Chaucer's capital poem. Origin of its fictions. Story of Patient Grifilde. Its origin, popularity, and characteristic excellence. How conducted by Chaucer. PDF Section XVI. Chaucer continued. Tale of the Nun's Priest. Its origin and allusions. January and May. Its imitations. Licentiousness of Boccacio. Millers Tale. Its singular humour and ridiculous characters. Other Tales of the comic species. Their origin, allusions, and respective merits. Rime of Sir Thopas. Its design and tendency. PDF Section XVII. Chaucer continued. General view of the Prologues to the Canterbury Tales. The Prioresse. The Wife of Bath. The Frankelein. The Doctor of Physicke. State of medical erudition and practice. Medicine and astronomy blended. Chaucer's physician's library. Learning of the Spanish Jews. The Sompnour. The Pardonere. The Monke. Qualifications of an abbot. The Frere. The Parsoune. The Squire. English crusades into Lithuania. The Reeve. The Clarke of Oxenford. The Serjeaunt of Lawe. The Hoste. (...) PDF Section XVIII. Chaucer continued. State of French and Italian poetry: and their influence on Chaucer. Rise of allegorical composition in the dark ages. Love-courts, and Love-fraternities, in France. Tales of the troubadours. Dolopathos. Boccacio, Dante, and Petrarch. Decline of Provencial poetry. Succeeded in France by a new species. Froissart. The Floure and the Leafe. Floral games in France. Allegorical beings. PDF Endsheet PDF Back cover PDF Spine PDF Vol. II.