The Armourer’s Prentices

Transcribed by David Price, email ccx074@pglaf.org

See there, Master Alderman, page 312

THE
ARMOURER’S PRENTICES

BY

CHARLOTTE M. YONGE

The two prentices

ILLUSTRATED BY W. J. HENNESSY

London
MACMILLAN AND CO.
AND NEW YORK
1889

The Right of Translation is Reserved

PREFACE

I have attempted here to sketch citizen life in the early Tudor days, aided therein by Stowe’s Survey of London, supplemented by Mr. Loftie’s excellent history, and Dr. Burton’s English Merchants.

Stowe gives a full account of the relations of apprentices to their masters; though I confess that I do not know whether Edmund Burgess could have become a citizen of York after serving an apprenticeship in London.  Evil May Day is closely described in Hall’s Chronicle.  The ballad, said to be by Churchill, a contemporary, does not agree with it in all respects; but the story-teller may surely have license to follow whatever is most suitable to the purpose.  The sermon is exactly as given by Hall, who is also responsible for the description of the King’s sports and of the Field of the Cloth of Gold and of Ardres.  Knight’s admirable Pictorial History of England tells of Barlow, the archer, dubbed by Henry VIII. the King of Shoreditch.

Historic Winchester describes both St. Elizabeth College and the Archer Monks of Hyde Abbey.  The tales mentioned as told by Ambrose to Dennet are really New Forest legends.

The Moresco’s Arabic Gospel and Breviary are mentioned in Lady Calcott’s History of Spain, but she does not give her authority.  Nor can I go further than Knight’s Pictorial History for the King’s adventure in the marsh.  He does not say where it happened, but as in Stowe’s map “Dead Man’s Hole” appears in what is now Regent’s Park, the marsh was probably deep enough in places for the adventure there.  Brand’s Popular Antiquities are the authority for the nutting in St. John’s Wood on Holy Cross Day.  Indeed, in some country parishes I have heard that boys still think they have a license to crack nuts at church on the ensuing Sunday.

Seebohm’s Oxford Reformers and the Life of Sir Thomas More, written by William Roper, are my other authorities, though I touched somewhat unwillingly on ground already lighted up by Miss Manning in her Household of Sir Thomas More.

Galt’s Life of Cardinal Wolsey afforded the description of his household taken from his faithful Cavendish, and likewise the story of Patch the Fool.  In fact, a large portion of the whole book was built on that anecdote.

I mention all this because I have so often been asked my authorities in historical tales, that I think people prefer to have what the French appropriately call pièces justificatives.

C. M. Yonge.

August 1st, 1884

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I.

THE VERDURER’S LODGE

1

CHAPTER II.

THE GRANGE OF SILKSTEDE

13

CHAPTER III.

KINSMEN AND STRANGERS

24

CHAPTER IV.

A HERO’S FALL

39

CHAPTER V.

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