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A Dream Of John Ball And A King Lesson

Auhtor: William Morris

Language: english
Published: 1886

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Review by Bob Tobias, April 2008


Rating: (***)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'A Dream Of John Ball And A King Lesson':

A Dream of John Ball (1888) is a novel by English author William Morris about the English peasants revolt of 1381 and the rebel John Ball. Like the novels close contemporary - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court (1889) by Mark Twain - it describes a dream and time travel encounter between the medieval and modern worlds. However unlike Twains vision of a violent and chaotic Dark Age Morris describes a positive image of the Middle Ages seeing it as a golden if brief period when peasants were prosperous and happy and guilds protected workers from exploitation.

Excerpts from the Book 'A Dream Of John Ball And A King Lesson':


... made, as it were for the occasion, as clearly as if I were awake not vaguely or absurdly, as often happens in dreams, but with all the detail clear ...
... though some had their lower stories of rubble-stone, with their windows and doors of well-moulded freestone. There was much curious and inventive ...
... strain, but singing more of a song than a story ballad and thus much I remember of it:. The Sheriff is made a mighty lord, Of goodly gold he hath ...
... gown of coarse woollen, girt with a cord, to which hung a pair of beads (or rosary, as we should call it to-day) and a book in a bag. The man was tall ...
... clad here and there the naked back, and filled the empty belly, and holpen many, and men would have spoken well of thee, and of thyself thou hadst ...
... day they shall fall on thee to slay thee when they have learned that thou art but as they be.'. Ah, woe worth the while. too oft he sayeth sooth, as ...
... deep blue-green of the rushes that grew plenteously in the bed. Geese were lazily wandering about and near this brook, and a herd of cows, accompanied ...
... close, and slowly loitered off toward the village. Nothing looked like battle yet battle sounded in the air for now we heard the beat of the horse-hoofs ...
... hand was lowered for the second time. He looked to his men right and left, and then turned rein and turned tail, and scuttled back to the main body ...
... the westerly gale, as from time to time the men-at-arms shouted, Ha. ha. out. out. Kentish thieves.. But when they began to fall on, Jack Straw shouted ...
... were flowers in plenty stuck about the room, mostly of the yellow blossoming flag or flower-de-luce, of which I had seen plenty in all the ditches, ...
... paint and gilding: a candle glimmered in the loft above it, before the huge rood that filled up the whole space between the loft and the chancel arch. ...
... man is not here: this is an empty house, and the master has gone from it. Forsooth, this to me is but as a waxen image of a man nay, not even that, ...
... belike a long while.. And I sat for long without speaking, and the church grew darker as the moon waned yet more. Then I said: Bethink thee that ...
... last at the bidding of some usurer and forestaller of the market. Valiant men, forsooth, shall arise in the beginning of these evil times, but though ...
... without fear, since their need compelleth them not to loiter by the way to lament with friend or brother that they are pinched in their servitude, ...
... come about that there would be no men rich and tyrannous, but all should have enough and to spare of the increase of the earth and the work of their ...
... by the Thames Conservancy looked doubtfully alive against the bleak sky and the row of wretched-looking blue-slated houses, although, by the way, the ...
... shooters of the bolt. So the poor folk fled not nay they made as if all this were none of their business, and went on with their work. For indeed each ...
... Fears For Artv. 1. The defence of Guenevere The hollow land - v. 2. The life and death of Jason - v. 3. The earthly paradise I - v. 4. The earthly ...