Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

News of the Sussex Dragon

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

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



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    News in Early Modern Europe — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation