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1667 - Cosin, John - Household Book

Allusion
Date 1654
Author Cosin, John
Title Household Book 1665-67
Mentions Robin Hood's Well
John Cosin (source: Wikipedia)

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-06-22. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-05-08.

Allusion

Ferrybriggs. — Payd the house bill for meate there, 11s. 6d. Payd for hay and oates there, 6s. 6d. Given the oastlers there, 1s. Given to the poore at Robin hood's well and severall other places to Doncaster, 2s.[1]

IRHB Comments

John Cosin (1594-1672) was Bishop of Durham 1660-72. There is a neat irony in the bishop's handing out alms at the spot where, according to the ballad of Robin Hood and the Bishop of Hereford, Robin Hood made the latter bishop dance round a tree after paying exorbitantly for his meal. This allusion has not been noted in previous studies.

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  1. Cosin, John; Ornsby, George, ed. The Correspondence of John Cosin, D.D. Lord Bishop of Durham: together with Other Papers Illustrative of his Life and Times. Part II (The Publications of the Surtees Society, vol. LV) (Durham, London, Edinburgh, 1872), p. 351.