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  • Title: Northumberland News
  • Author: William Elderton
  • Editor: Rosemary Gaby

  • Copyright Rosemary Gaby. This text may be freely used for educational, non-profit purposes; for all other uses contact the Editor.
    Author: William Elderton
    Editor: Rosemary Gaby
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    Northumberland News

    0.1[William Elderton's A ballad entitled Northumberland News, Wherein you may see what Rebels do use, was printed in 1570, as a response to the 1569 Northern Rebellion. It reflects Elderton's protestant patriotism and shows that in 1570 Elizabethans still saw a connection between contemporary rebellion and the conflict between the Percies and Henry IV. Key figures involved in the rebellion -- notably Thomas Percy, seventh earl of Northumberland, and Charles Neville, sixth earl of Westmorland -- were descendants of nobles represented in Shakespeare's play. This modern-spelling version of the ballad is adapted from a facsimile from Early English Books Online.]