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date: 17 October 2019

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This article examines the literature of popular discontent in medieval England. Among the most evocative and intriguing of the surviving texts connected with the life of everyday people of the Middle Ages are the various Middle English poems and verses commenting on contemporary events, scattered through a variety of manuscript collections, administrative records, and other texts. Example of these poetry can be found in the The Yorkshire Partisans section of the book Historical Poems of the XIVth and XVth Centuries published in 1959 by the American-based scholar and critic Rossell Hope Robbins. This article discusses Robbins' analysis of the literary qualities of historical poems.

Keywords: popular discontent, literature, medieval England, poems, verses, The Yorkshire Partisans, Rossell Hope Robbins

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