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  • An Entertainment for Elizabeth I at Elvetham, 1591

    Book, Quarto, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    This rare pamphlet is a festival book produced to commemorate Elizabeth I’s visit to Elvetham in September 1591. It desc...

  • Broadside ballad in 'Praise of Nothing'

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration

    This 17th-century ballad called ‘The Praise of Nothing’ takes on the paradoxical task of making something out of nothing...

  • Broadside ballad on cuckolds

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    This 17th-century ballad entitled ‘Cuckolds Haven’ betrays the early modern obsession with cuckolds – men who were depic...

  • Broadside ballad on Robin Goodfellow

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    This item is a two page broadside ballad called ‘The Mad Merry Pranks of Robin Goodfellow’, printed around 1670 (based o...

  • Broadside ballad on 'the cruelty of Gernutus the J...

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    This broadside ballad relating the ‘crueltie of Gernutus a Jew’ has clear parallels with the tale of Antonio, Bassanio a...

  • Broadside ballad on the Master Constable

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    This humorous 17th-century broadside ballad portrays the Master Constable as a self-important busy-body. He is exposed a...