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Thread #134161   Message #3052445
Posted By: Stower
13-Dec-10 - 09:49 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Who was King Edward of 17th century?
Subject: RE: Origins: Who was King Edward of 17th century?
Thank you to all who have contributed with your insights.

Here I have found a verbatim copy of A Courtly New Ballad as it was printed J. Clarke, W. Thackeray, and T. Passinger in 1684-1686, also verbatm as it appeared in Richard Johnson's second edition of The crown garland of golden roses in 1659.

This one is dated 1601-1640, "Printed for Henry Gosson" of London. This does seem to change everything: well before Charles II and all the issues of succession. Not a single word is changed from c.1601 to c.1686 to take account of politics or add in any allegory or reference to the times. So it does appear to be purely an entertainment piece based on history, probably Edward IV.

Unless you know different ...