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Of all these keen conquerors to carp is our kind
The Turnament of Totenham — in 9-line stanzas (aaaabcccb)
Note: For a related poem, see 3788.
Title(s): The Turnament of Totenham
Subjects: tournaments; Tottenham, (Gloucs.), tournament of; tales, comic
Versification: — nine-line — aaaabcccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.5.48, ff. 62-66
First Lines:
Of alle þese kene conqueroures to carpe is oure kynde
Off fel feghtyng folke ferly we fynde…
Last Lines:
…ffor to here preciouse
Off six mennys song
Attributed Title: Explicit turnament of totenham (f. 66)
Editions:
Bedwell, William, ed. The Turnament of Totenham. The Survey and Antiquities of the Towns of Stamford in the County of Lincoln and Tottenham in Middlesex The History and Antiquities of the Parish of Tottenham High Cross London, 1631, repr. 1718; repr. in Butcher , The Survey and Antiquities of the Towns of Stamford in the County of Lincoln and Tottenham in Middlesex (London, 1717): 137; repr. Robinson , The History and Antiquities of the Parish of Tottenham High Cross (Tottenham, 1818), Appendix 3.
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Turnament of Totenham and the Feest. London: Pickering, 1836: repr. Hazlitt (1864), 3.82-93 (234 lines).
Child, Francis James. English and Scottish Ballads. 8 vols. in 4, forerunner of next entry. Boston: Houghton, Osgood, also Little, Brown, 1857-58 et seq: 8.101-16.
Auden, Wystan Hugh, ed. The Oxford Book of Light Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1938: 41.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 441-3 (162 lines only).
Sands, Donald B., ed. Middle English Verse Romances. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1966: 315-22.
Downing, Janay Young A., ed. “A Critical Edition of Cambridge University MS Ff.5.48.” 2 vols. Diss. University of Washington, 1969: 176-95.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 5396, f. 339
Editions:
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient Songs and Ballads from the Reign of King Henry the Second to the Revolution. 2 vols. London, 1829; re-ed. William Carew Hazlitt London, 1877: 1.85-94.
Percy, Thomas. Reliques of Ancient English Poetry. 3 vols. London: J. Dodsley, 1765, and subsequent editions: 2.13 (first two editions based on Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.5.48).
French, Walter Hoyt, and Charles Brockway Hale. Middle English Metrical Romances. New York: Prentice-Hall, 1930: 987.
Sands, Donald B., ed. Middle English Verse Romances. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1966: 315-22.
Owen, Lewis J., and Nancy H. Owen, eds. Middle English Poetry: An Anthology. Indianapolis and NY: Bobbs-Merrill, 1971: 326.
Hoffman, Bonnie, ed. “The Turnament of Tottenham and the Feest: A Critical Edition.” Diss. SUNY-Stony Brook, 1984; DAI 45 (1985):2520A.
Kooper, Eric, ed. Sentimental and Humorous Romances. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2006: 181-204.
3.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 530, ff. 1-1v
First Lines:
Of all the keene conquerers to carpe in ouer kinde
of fell fighting folke feerly wee finde
The Turnament of Tottenham haue I in minde
It were harme such hardines were holden behinde…
Last Lines:
…was Melody delicious
ffor to heare Precious
of six mens song
Attributed Title: Explicit Turnament of Tottenham (f. 1v, added by later hand)
Editions:
Klausner, David. “The Harvard Manuscript of the Tournament of Totenham.” Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 74 (1973): 676-85: 676.