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John Ball Saint Mary priest
Moralising verses, including Signs of the Degeneracy of the Age, by John Ball — thirteen lines
Note: Cf. 1675, 2956, 2953 and 3791, variant. Text preserved in early chronicles such as Walsingham and Knighton, and followed in most later chronicles.
Author(s): John Ball
Subjects: abuses, of the age; Peasants’ Revolt (1381); historical poems



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Missing, lost, or destroyed, (?) No known MS survives or MS not identified
Editions:
Stow, John. The annales, or, Generall chronicle of England. Londini: Impensis Thomae Adams, 1615: 293.
Ellis, Sir Henry, ed. Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland. 6 vols. London: Johnson, 1807-08: 2.749.
Mackay, Charles, ed. Songs and Ballads Relative to the London Prentices. Percy Society 1. London: Richards, 1840: 1.
Riley, Henry Thomas, ed. Thomae Walsingham, Quondam Monachi S. Albani, Historia Anglicana. 2 vols. Rolls Series 28a (1863-64); repr. Kraus, 1964.
Thompson, Sir Edward Maunde, ed. Chronicon Angliae ab anno Domini 1328 usque ad annum 1388. Rolls Series 64 (1874); repr. Kraus 1965: 322.
Lumby, Joseph Rawson, ed. Chronicon Henrici Knighton, vel Cnitthon, Monachi Leycestrensis. 2 vols. Rolls Series 92 (1889-95); repr. Kraus, 1965: 2.140.
Eberhard, Oscar. Der Bauernaufstand vom Jahr 1381 in der englischen Poesie. Anglistische Forshungen 51 Heidelberg: Winter, 1917: 22, 23.
Hilton, Rodney Howard, and Hyman Fagan. The English Rising of 1381. London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1950: 102.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. The Lost Literature of Medieval England. London: Methuen, 1952: 202.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: xliii,54.
Dobson, R. Barry. The Peasant’s Revolt of 1381. London: Macmillan, 1970: 381.
Hanawalt, Barbara, ed. Chaucer’s England. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1992: 194.
Pettitt, Thomas. ‘Divers toyes mengled’: essays on medieval and Renaissance culture = Etudes sur la culture européenne au Moyen Age et à la Renaissance: en hommage à André Lascombes. Michel Bitot, Roberta Mullini, and Peter Happé, eds. Tours: Publication de l’Université François Rabelais, 1996: 55-68: 57.
Pearsall, Derek, ed. Chaucer to Spenser: An Anthology of Writings in English 1375-1575. Oxford and Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1999: 229.