Di Salvo's discussion of prose saints' lives like Thomas Deloney
's 1597 The Gentle Craft and commercialized civic performances of hagiography in the 1613 Wells Cordwainers' pageant.
These include Anne Dowriche's The French Historie, Christopher Marlowe's The Massacre at Paris, works by Thomas Deloney
and Thomas Dekker, the plays of William Haughton and Shakespeare, and John Marston's The Dutch Courtesan.
In the historical period between the Renaissance meditative lyric of the inward eye and the interiority of the early eighteenth-century novel falls the period of the emergent early novel, represented here by the fiction of Thomas Deloney
In "Elizabeth I at Tilbury and Popular Culture," Thomas Healy examines two ballads written about Elizabeth's visit to the troops on the eve of the Spanish Armada: Thomas Deloney
's ballad of 1588, and a later, anonymous ballad printed in the very different political climate of 1620.
It is impossible to identify the first ever novel, but Thomas Deloney
's The Pleasant History of John Winchcomb can lay claim to being one of the earliest.
In The Garland of Good Will, Thomas Deloney
characterizes her as a willful, spoiled girl: "The only daughter of a wealthy merchant man / Against whose counsel evermore / I was rebelling" (lines 12-14).
In 1596, the Lord Mayor of London reported to Burleigh on his attempt to interrogate Thomas Deloney
because he had written a "certain ballad containing a complaint of the great want and scarcitie of corn within this realm, which, forasmuch as it containeth in it certaine vaine and presumptuous matter, bringing in her Highnes to speak with her people in dialogue in very fond and undecent sort, and prescribeth orders for the remedying of the dearth of corn,.extracted (as it seemeth) out of the booke published by your Lordship the last year, (8) but in that vaine and undiscreet manner as that thereby the poore may aggravate their grief, and take occasion of some discontentment" (Wright 2: 462-63).
It traces this link through a series of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literary texts including Thomas Deloney
's Gentle Craft, Thomas Dekker's Shoemaker's Holiday, and Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and -- most notably -- Henry V.
His English cousin is Thomas Deloney
's Strange Histories (1602), in which an agenda is as hard to describe convincingly as it is fascinating to imagine.
(13.) Thomas Deloney
, Jack of Newbury, in The Novels of Thomas Deloney
Subsequent chapters concentrate upon such figures as the university-educated Thomas Nashe and Gabriel Harvey and the ballad books and historical fictions written by Thomas Deloney
, originally by profession a silk weaver.
Both The Gentle Craft (1597) by Thomas Deloney
and A Shoemaker, A Gentleman (ca 1618) by William Rowley present Crispianus as a military hero and Crispin as the secret lover and eventual husband of Ursula amidst the Roman invasion of an ancient Britain full of kind and loyal shoemakers.