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News of the Sussex Dragon

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This chapter first uncovers how a pamphlet, which recorded sighting of a dragon in early modern England, has been published and read, before analysing what the original pamphlet might have meant and how it might have been read in the early seventeenth century. In essence two traditions of interpretation have developed: one which asks whether the pamphlet refers to a real or mythical beast, based on the work as it appeared in print, and another which is interested in popular publishing and print in early modern England. Even among the odd ephemera that make up the vast range of early popular printed pamphlets and books, the Sussex Dragon is an especially unusual pamphlet which deserves further exploration. The text continues to an even more salacious section about the sexual relations between dragons and humans, notably a tale from Plutarch in which a woman has a dragon lover.

Keywords: mythical beast; pamphlet; Plutarch; Sussex Dragon

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