Tom a Lincoln



A tale of Arthurian legend, war, and fairy enticements as we follow Tom a Lincoln on his quest to discover the true identity of his father. Born the son of King Arthur, but abandoned and raised by a shepherd, Tom becomes discontented with his bucolic existence, deciding instead to recruit a band of outlaws and live as the Red Rose Knight. At Arthur’s court he comes to blows with the King Arthur, but redeems himself by thwarting a French invasion and is granted permission to travel in search of his true father. After six years he arrives in Fairyland, where he and his knights are seduced by the female inhabitants. He then moves on to the court of Prester John, and falls in love with the princess Anglitora, but is unable to marry her because he is a foreigner. You’ll have to read the play to discover if Tom and Anglitora get their happy ending, and whether Tom ever discovers the true identity of his father…

The Society’s edition is a diplomatic transcript of the unique MS, now Add. MS 61745 in the British Library, prepared by G.R. Proudfoot. The introduction includes a discussion of the play’s links with the Shakespeare and Heywood canons.

Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg
Dimensions 32 × 22 × 2 cm