[ca. 1860] · Newcastle-on-Tyne
Written by Dr. Thomas Percy, Bishop of Dromore, this ballad tells a romantic tale of the return of Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland (1393–1455), from his exile in Scotland, accompanied by the fair Lady Eleanor Neville — with an additional melodramatically heartrending plot element regarding the founding of the hermitage by the former "bold Sir Bertram," now "poor and humble Benedict" (p. 21).
The poem was originally printed in 1771. While this mid-19th-century chapbook was printed with reckless disregard for the amount of ink that actually wound up on any given page (for that is very uneven), it does feature a wood-engraved vignette on the title-page and what appears to be a tombstone tailpiece. It is also uncommon, WorldCat locateing => no U.S. institutional holdings of this printing.
As the final page is devoted to an enticing description of "WARKWORTH CASTLE" and its environs, set in larger type than the poem, we wonder if this was => given or sold to tourists as a souvenir?
NSTC 2P11186. Removed from a nonce volume; one leaf with two nicks to outer edge. => A look at the enduring appeal of medieval legend to the Victorian audience. (Inventory #: 37230)