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The illustrious and renowned history of the seven famous champions of Christendom.

Author Richard Johnson
Title The illustrious and renowned history of the seven famous champions of Christendom.
Imprint Glasgow
Date of Publication 1772
Language English
Notes The only known copy of this anonymously published romance. The Seven Champions of Christendom are the patron saints of Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, France, Italy and Spain. Their deeds had been popular in Europe for over a thousand years before being set down in this form by Richard Johnson (active 1592-1622) in 1596. Johnson's entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography describes the work as containing "a heady mix of romance, adventure, Christian crusading high-mindedness, and misogynist, vindictive, and racially directed violence.". The saints are depicted in simple woodcuts of the type commonly found in broadside ballads and chapbooks. The book bears the armorial crest bookplate of Peter Forbes and shows Glasgow provenance in the form of the ownership inscription of David Murray and the bookseller's label of Kerr & Richardson.
Shelfmark RB.s.2931
Acquired on 12/12/16
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