1587 - Anonymous - Just Censure and Reproof of Martin Junior

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Date 1587-88
Author Anonymous
Title The Just Censure and Reproof of Martin Junior
Mentions Anderson, parson of Stepney; Potter in morris dance; Sir Lenard Wright; Sir Tom Blan o' Bedford; Mar-Martin; Iohn Fregueuile

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-08-01. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-07.


Anderson parson of Stepney, should make roome before him with his two hand staffe, as he did once before the morrice daunce, at a market towne in the edge of Buckingham or Bedford shires, where he bare the Potters part. His two supporters alwayes to leade him by the armes, must be sir Lenard Wright, and sir Tom Blan o Bedford, the one whereof also must carrie his bable, and the other a looking glasse for their Maister, to see whether his catercappe doth euery way reach ouer his eares, and so stand according to his calling. As for Mar-Martin, and Iohn Fregueuile, they alterius vicibus, shall be the groomes of his stoole [...]

[Marginal note to Anderson's name:] This chaplein robbed the poore mens box at Northampton, played the Potters part in the morriee [sic] daunce, and begotte his maide with child in Leicestershire: and these things hee did since he was firste Priest.[1]

Source notes

The passage occurs on sig. C2v in the original pamphlet. "This passage was apparently suggested by one in The Just Censure, where 'Martin Senior' proposes various persons for offices in Whitgift's household: John Bridges, dean of Sarum, is to be his fool, Doctor Underhill his almoner, Bancroft and drunken Gravate the yeomen of his cellar [...]".

IRHB comments

Given the ballad and play of Robin Hood and the Potter, it seems likely the allusion to a Morris dance featuring a potter character is somehow Robin Hood-related.



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