Percy’s greatest contribution is considered to be his Reliques of Ancient English Poetry (1765), the first of the great ballad collections, which was the one work most responsible for the ballad revival in English poetry that was a significant part of the Romantic movement. (Wikipedia)
From our stacks: Title page from Reliques of Ancient English Poetry: Consisting of Old Heroic Ballads, Songs, and Other Pieces of our Earlier Poets; Together with some few of later date.ByThomas Percy, Lord Bishop of Dromore. New Edition. In Three Volumes. Vol III. London: Henry Washbourne and Co., 1857.
From The Vesperal, Containing the Offices of Vespers and Compline for Every Day in the Year according to the Use of the Roman Church with a Parallel English Translation, the Offices Proper to the Feasts which Are Kept Locally in English-Speaking Countries, and the Prayers for the Rite of Benediction compiled by the Benedictine Nuns of Stanbrook Abbey (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne, Ltd., 1924)
piggybacking on conversation elsewhere on my dash…
I’m not even that tall (a hair over 5'7), and yet I’ve always felt like a freaking colossus compared to the women around me. all the women in my family barely crack 5 ft and the women I dance with or train with have all been tiny tiny tiny, but I have broad shoulders and big boobs and hips with their own timezone, and I can carry a cow over my head if I wanted. I’m always the tallest one in a group, the biggest, the one who takes up the most space. and for most of my adolescence and adulthood that was torture. My physical size–not fat, but size–has always been the single biggest body issue I’ve struggled with.
But as much as i struggle with it to this day, in my head i know that it’s not on me, it’s just more bullshit fallout from the patriarchy in which we live. In fiction, only petite women are allowed to be strong and independent and fierce. that’s because of course no matter how smart or clever they are, they’re no physical threat to the men around them and therefore they can’t possibly emasculate or otherwise threaten a dude, amirite bros harr harr?
I mean, over and over and over again in fantasy and sci fi and games you see “sexy” equated with “petite”. From Dana Scully to Karrin Murphy, from Abbie Mills to Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow; from Codex to Merrill to Jane Foster, we’re inundated with the message that “sexy” and/or “love interest” = “physically tiny”. Even the women who aren’t particularly petite (Leeloo Dallas, Inara, Chiana, etc.) are surrounded by large burly men or put in these itty bitty costumes or framed such that they look small in comparison.
I mean, sure you’ve got your Zoe Washbournes and Ellen Ripleys and Aeryn Suns, but gosh, for some reason the conversations about the hottest ladies in sci fi/fantasy always seem to overlook them, i wonder why
In fact, that’s one of the reasons why I love aveline so much, and cassandra pentaghast too. It’s not just that they’re big women with bigger shields bashing the shit out of things and giving none of the fucks, which would be awesome in and of itself. But they’re both these tall, broad, ripped ladies who don’t conform to the expectation that women must be these small-cute-petite-delicate-pixie-waifs if they want to love and be lovable; because both are clearly shown having sexual/romantic feelings: cassandra (although admittedly we haven’t seen much of her yet) has a bit of a crush on hawke, and of course aveline finds love with donnic. Both women are allowed to take up physical space AND love and be loved. As a woman who’s always felt enormous in her own skin, that was so awesome and positive for me to see.