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Be it known and understand / This City should be free and now is bound
Rude verses on injustices in Coventry 1495 — seven couplets
Note: See also 5233.
Subjects: Coventry; political verse
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Coventry, Coventry Archives Leet Book, BA/E/F/37/1, f. 275v
First Lines:
Be it knowen & vnderstand
This Cite shulde be free & nowe is bonde…
Last Lines:
…Whenne oure Ale is Tunned
Ȝe shall haue drynk to your Cake
Note: Written after is ‘Caviatus’ (f. 275v); last couplet does not rhyme.
Editions:
Harris, Mary Dormer, ed. The Coventry Leet Book. 4 vols. in 2 EETS o.s. 134-5, 138, 146 (1907-13); repr. 1971: 567.
Harris, Mary Dormer. “Laurence Saunders, Citizen of Coventry.” English Historical Review 9 (1894): 633-51: 647.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. The Lost Literature of Medieval England. London: Methuen, 1952: 198.
Kendall, P. M. The Yorkist Age. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1962: 107.
Scattergood, V. John. Politics and Poetry in the Fifteenth Century. London: Blandford Press, 1971: 373.