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Bevis and his sons when the people of London wished to make him a prisoner. He began the poem in the 6-lined stanza, a favourite romance metre which was utilized by Chaucer in his burlesque of Sir Thopaz, and wrote in this way 474 lines, but then for some unknown reason changed to the 12-line stanza, which he used until the end. A stirring theme, treated in a spirited if somewhat rude style, gave life to his work, which recited by the gleeman, afforded delight to many generations " Garner,'
The British Museum.
93 List of Editions of the Romance of Sir Bevis, published before 1700 in English, Italian
and French. Copied by Mr. G. W. Harder of the Rambling Club.
The Hartley University College.
94 Copies of the Old Romance of Sir Bevis of Hampton.
The Mayor and Corporation.
95 Old Pictures painted on Wood representing the one Sir Bevis, the other the Giant
Ascupart—of unknown antiquity, but restored in the 17th Century.
The Duke of Norfolk.
The Legendary Sword of Sir Bevis
The story was that when about to die Sir Bevis went to the top of the Tower in the I tilting yard of Arundel Castle—still called " Bevis Tower and threw his sword I from the summit of it, expressing a wish that he should be buried wherever it fell. If The tradition is that it fell at a spot about two miles off in the Park, where there is a green mound which might be supposed to resemble a giant's grave. When some forty years ago the Volunteer Butts were put up in the Arundel Park this mound was slightly interfered with, but it can still be perfectly traced. The fact of the Sword being broken in two might be quoted as evidence of its long flight through the air and subsequent fall.
V.—The Borough Documents and other Local MSS.
The Town possesses a large number of MSS. Books, Charters, Letters Patent, Deeds. Municipal and Private Letters, Loose Memoranda, Polls, and Miscellaneous Documents, and 504-vols, of Books, among them there is
(1) A curious Treatise in English verse
on the Philosopher's Stone, the work of a 15tli Century copyist.
(2) Book of Remembrances of the Town of Southampton
from 1445 to the time of James 1st, containing memoranda of the pious observances of the people of the Borough when they returned thanks for the birth of Arthur, first born of Henry VII.
(3) The Libre de Finibus Villa Southampton
1489-1593, giving particulars of costs and charges incurred by the
Town for the Entertainment of Queen Elizabeth in 1569.
Book of Oaths and Ordinances and Burgesses admission, 1496 to
(4) Book of Remembrances
1521 to 1687. An imperfect series of Assembly books, giving curious illustrations of the Social life of the Borough in the 17th Century. Here is an example 28th April, 1615. All charwomen ordered to place themselves in regular service if they would escape a whipping.
(5) The Oak Book
" The Book of Laws. Ordinances, and Customs of the Town of Southampton." It is the earliest version of the Ordinances of the Guild Merchant, and is one of the most interesting of the Town
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