T.S. Eliot and Gothic hauntings in Waugh’s A Handful of Dust and Barnes’s Nightwood

county, was entirely rebuilt in the Gothic style and is now devoid of interest’ (HD, p. 14). The outward and visible sign of the heritage that Tony is so committed to maintaining Unreal cities and undead legacies 229 is, to use one of the key words of Vile Bodies,‘bogus’. Hetton, with its elaborate Gothic features, its ‘lancet windows of armorial stained glass’, its ‘dining hall with its hammer-beam roof and pitch-pine minstrel gallery’, its bedrooms named after Arthurian characters is, like Walpole’s ‘Gothic Villa’, an artefact dedicated to the assertion of a

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was maintained in great pomp [and] hath 40£ a yere’, a substantial stipend. 46 When in 1592 Emilia became pregnant, Carey married her off to her slightly distant cousin Alfonso Lanier, also a court musician. Forman recorded on 17 May 1597, ‘yt seams that being with child she was for colour married to a minstrel’. 47 When she bore a son in 1593, plucky Emilia named him Henry

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recitations to entertain their audience, who, ‘determined to be amused ... sit there, and laugh, and cheer to their hearts’ content’. 60 The ship even had its own band of minstrels, who would perform ‘Negro melodies’. 61 On other nights, Alfred might be found playing the violin while other men sat or lay about reading or doing crochet. 62 Alfred grew very comfortable and content with this life and

in Royal tourists, colonial subjects and the making of a British world, 1860–1911

, and, by precipitating the oscillation, the ‘recognition tokens’ of Middle English romance unleash this potential. Take some examples. Orfeo, disguised as a minstrel, returns home with his ‘token’, the harp; the faithful steward sees it and collapses because the ‘recognition device’ confirms his belief that his master is dead. Horn returns with his ring to his wife Rymenhild, who nearly commits suicide when she infers from it that her husband is dead. Amiloun, disfigured by leprosy, turns up on the doorstep of his old friend Amis, but is attacked by the latter, who

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The structures of migration in Tales from Firozsha Baag

language, so that first some, then other aspects of language are thrown into relief.’23 Nariman, and perhaps Mistry, can be read as a modern incarnation of the professional minstrel or gosan, of ancient Iran who, according to Boyce, quoted by Yarshater, was ‘present at the graveside and at the feast, eulogist, satirist, storyteller, musician, recorder of the past achievements and commentator of his own times’.24 Exile and Escape: ‘Lend Me Your Light’, ‘Exercisers’ and ‘Swimming Lessons’ For all its playfulness, Squatter’s account of the psychological (and physical

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tablet re-used as a roofing slate recorded a bailiff ’s account for a monastic grange and is carefully inscribed in Welsh. One may suppose that in addition to libraries in the conventional sense, the abbey may have had collections of stone tablets used in routine administration which were regarded as temporary rather than permanent records. Three languages occur on these tablets – Welsh, Latin, and English – although the dominant language is Welsh and two of the scribes appear to have been, characteristically, a monk (David Gwyn, monachus) and a minstrel (David Grythor

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The CDC’s mission to Cold War East Pakistan, 1958

minstrel’ show to the man himself, whom they mocked as a bumbler, a ‘madman’ who ‘hopped up and down’ when agitated, and who impulsively ‘ran out of the room’. As physicians, they decided he needed tranquillising. 77 In these and other ways they undercut his authority as Chief Public Health Adviser and threw cold water on the volunteer campaign. The most likely cause of this venomous criticism was that they felt vulnerable for being so closely

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of subsistence, and can be conceived as a means to handle disability and negotiate interactions and social relations with non-disabled people. She argues that in their encounters with non-disabled people individuals with impairments must learn to manage relationships from the beginning and ‘use charm, intimidation, ardour, deference, T HE S O C IAL RELATIO NS O F DIS ABILITY 161 humour, or entertainment to relieve nondisabled people of their discomfort’. ‘Those of us with disabilities are supplicants and minstrels,’ she argues, ‘striving to create valued

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Critical and historical contexts of the Lord Mayor’s Show

events of the mayoral inauguration itself evolved over time. Originally, the Lord Mayor rode to Westminster to take his oath of office before the Barons of the Exchequer, the official representatives of the sovereign, rather than travelling by barge as became the norm. According to Hunting, ‘the Wardens’ Accounts of the Drapers’ Company for 1423–4 tell of fifteen minstrels in attendance on the Mayor’s Riding of October 1423’.161 On this occasion there were also banners, made of blue buckram. Middleton’s The sunne in Aries (following Stow, in an uncommon error) claims that

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organized, and the lower rungs of these ladders may have reached or penetrated the realms both of non-aristocratic society, and of vernacular speech. Highland Perthshire provides evidence for the mediating role of itinerants such as chapmen (pacairean), and the minstrel bands known as Cliar Sheanchain, ‘as literary receptors and disseminators, operating between the spheres of high and popular culture, and across social classes’.11 Such brief contextualization may begin to explain the relevance of an analysis of a written genre to a book about the spoken word. The bond

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