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  • A Merry Jest of a Shrewd and Curst Wife

    Book, Quarto, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    This ballad is sold as a ‘Merry jeste’, but it tells the violent tale of ‘a shrewde and curste wyfe’ who is beaten and w...

  • Broadside on mortality

    Broadside, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    The Map of Mortalitie (1604) is a broadside combining verses, symbols and cryptic diagrams, all centred on a skull or ‘d...