chapter  VII
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O n e of Thomas Warton’s sonnets was addressed to Richard Hurd, afterward Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry, and later of Worcester. Hurd was a friend of Gray and Mason, and his “ Letters on Chivalry and Romance ” (1762) helped to initiate the romantic movement. They perhaps owed their inspiration, in part, to Sainte Palaye’s “ Memoires sur Tancienne Chevalerie,,, the first volume of which was issued in 1759, though the third and concluding volume appeared only in 1781. This was a monumental work and, as a standard authority, bears much the same relation to the literature of its subject that M allet's “ Histoire de Dannemarc ” bears to all the writing on Runic mythology that was done in Europe during the eighteenth-century. Jean Baptiste de la Curne de Sainte Palaye was a scholar of wide learning, not only in the history of mediaeval institutions but in old French dialects. He went to the south of France to familiarize himself with Provencal: collected a large library of Provencal books and manuscripts, and published in 1774 his “ Histoire des Troubadours.” Among his other works are a “ Dictionary of French Antiquities,” a glossary of Old French, and an edition of “ Aucassin et Nicolete.” Mrs. Susannah Dobson, who wrote “ Historical Anecdotes of Heraldry and Chivalry**

(1795), made an English translation of Sainte Palaye’s “ History of the Troubadours” in 1779, and of his “ Memoirs of Ancient Chivalry ” in 1784.