Robert Copland: The Complaynte of them that ben to late maryd

Scope and Content

Transcript of Robert Copland's poem 'The Complaynte of them that ben to late maryd', made from the printed edition by Wynkyn de Worde (1535?), 7 folios. Inside the front cover is the bookplate of F.W. Cosens.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Copland (fl. 1508-1547), author and printer, worked in the office of Wynkyn de Worde. He issued books under his imprint, 1515-1547, and also worked as a bookseller and stationer. Copland translated three romances of chivalry and other works from French, and wrote poetry, including 'The Hye way to the Spyttel Hous' and 'Jyl of Breyntford's Testament'.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Bequeathed by Samuel Sandars, 1894.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Copland in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, Vol. IV (London, 1908), pp. 1097-1099.

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Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.


The printed copy of the poem from which this version is transcribed can be found in Thomas Frognall Dibdin's edition of Joseph Ames, Typographical antiquities, Vol. II, p. 386.