Biographical and topographical notes on Chamberlayne and Shaftesbury, by A. E. Parsons

Scope and Content

(1) Chamberlayne & Shaftesbury, biographical; (2) A forgotten poet: William Chamberlayne and "Pharonnida". Unpublished version of article in Modern Language Review; (3) William Chamberlayne and "Pharonnida". Unshortened version of chapter XI of her The Renaissance epic; (4) Notices of William Chamberlayne; (5) "Pharonnida": detailed analysis of poem with marginal comments (especially medical references); (6) Part of a later version of the above, as revised for D.Litt thesis; (7) Parts of London D.Litt thesis including sources and analysis of "Pharonnida", and a comparison with "Argenis"; (8) Other works attributed to Chamberlayne; (9) Notes on the Shaston records, Mayo; (10) Shaftesbury in the Civil Wars; (11) Battle of Newbury, with maps; (12) Appendices: notes and dates of interest, extracts from charters and papers, Chamberlayne's pedigree.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alice Eleanor Parsons, of Cherry Hinton, Cambridgeshire, submitted a thesis entitled "Some aspects of the life and literary work of William Chamberlayne of Shaftesbury, 1619-1689" for the degree of PhD of the University of London in 1924. She was also the author of a short monograph on the history of Cherry Hinton church. William Chamberlayne,1619-1689, was a physician who lived in Shaftesbury in Dorset, but is remembered as a minor poet of the Caroline period whose best-known work was "Pharonnida", published in 1659

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