By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-07-22. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2015-09-05.
Primary sources: literary
- Anonymous. Heir beginnis the taill of Rauf coilȝear how he harbreit King charlis (St Andrews, 1572). Not seen
- Beattie, William, ed. The Taill of Rauf Coilyear printed by Robert Lekpreuik at St Andrews in 1572: a facsimile of the only known copy (Keppie Facsimiles, No. 1) (Edinburgh, 1966).
Scholarly and literary editions
- Browne, William Hand, ed. The Taill of Rauf Coilyear: a Scottish Metrical Romance of the Fifteenth Century (Baltimore, 1903)
- Hanna, Ralph, ed. The Taill of Rauf Coilȝear (Scottish Text Society, Fifth Series, vol. 16) (Edinburgh, 2019)
- Tonndorf, Max, ed. The Taill of Rauf Coilyear (Berlin, 1894).
Studies and criticism
- Bradbury, Nancy Mason. 'Representations of Peasant Speech: Some Literary and Sociel Contexts for The Taill of Rauf Coilyear', in: Purdie, Rhiannon, ed.; Cichon, Michael, ed. Medieval Romance, Medieval Contexts (Studies in Medieval Romance, vol. ) ([Woodbridge, Suffolk; Rochester, New York], 2011), pp. 19-34
- Putter, Ad. 'Ralph the Collier', in: Cartlidge, Neil, ed. Heroes and Anti-Heroes in Medieval Romance (Studies in Medieval Romance, vol. ) ([Woodbridge, Suffolk; Rochester, New York], 2012), pp. 145-58
- Wright, Glenn. 'Churl's Courtesy: Rauf Coilyear and Its English Analogues', Neophilologus, vol. 85 (2001), pp. 647-662.
[...] for if a man should imagine of fruite by the rottennesse, of garmentes by the moath frets, of wine by the sowrnesse, I warrant him for euer being good costerd-monger, broker, or vintner whiles he liues. Therefore we must not measure of Martin as he is allied to *'Elderton or tongd like Will Tony, as he was attired like an Ape on ye stage, or sits writing of Pāphlets in some spare outhouse, but as hee is Mar-Prelat of Englād, as he surpasseth King & colier, in crying, So ho ho, brother Bridges.
[...] Ralph the Colier [...] 2d. [...] for the same [i.e. not coming to court.]