Rogues, Vagabonds, and Sturdy Beggars
A New Gallery of Tudor and Early Stuart Rogue Literature Exposing the Lives, Times, and Cozening Tricks of the Elizabethan Underworld
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
In his introduction, Arthur F. Kinney discusses the significance of these works as protonovels and their influence on such writers as Shakespeare. He also explores the social, political, and economic conditions of a time that spawned a community of renegades who conned their way to fame, fortune, and, occasionally, the rope at Tyburn.
"Rogues, Vagabonds, and Sturdy Beggars collects significant rogue books and cony catching pamphlets. Given the renewed interest in such texts in recent years, their availability in a modern edition is a considerable boon to Renaissance scholars—especially in an edition enhanced by Kinney's thorough and informative introduction."—Steven Mullaney, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor