Bevis of Hampton

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Bevis of Hampton

(bē`vĭs), English metrical romance of the early 14th cent. that also appears in Anglo-Norman, French, Italian, Scandinavian, Celtic, and Slavonic versions. Although its adventures are made up of such stock motifs as murder, mistaken identity, and revenge, the tale is nevertheless notable for its broad humor.
References in classic literature ?
The walls were hung all round with most elaborate and brightly colored tapestry, representing the achievements of Sir Bevis of Hampton, and behind this convenient screen were stored the tables dormant and benches which would be needed for banquet or high festivity.
snatcheth down' the very weapon with which Byplay has performed the role of Sir Bevis of Hampton and:
As Jennifer Fellows shows in tracing the early printed editions of Sir Bevis of Hampton, there is a long history of mocking the romances as frivolous or artistically inept.