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Adam Fox and Daniel Woolf

heroes, Bevis of Southampton, Guy of Warwick and Saint George, Tom Hickathrift and the Seven Champions among them, but that the little girl, Betty, as her mother told him, ‘deals chiefly in fairies and sprights’. Already, it seems, the male imagination was being fired by a world of swashbuckling adventure as delivered from cheap print whereas the female mind was being nurtured on a magical lore as delivered from the mouths of maids and nurses.104 Several generations later the vivid testimony of John Clare, whose early experiences are dealt with in more detail by Bob

in The spoken word