John Dory [Child 284]

DESCRIPTION: John Dory gets a horse and sets out for Paris. There he meets King John. He offers to bring King John "all the churles in merie England" in return for a pardon. Dory is overtaken by one Nicholl of Cornwall, who takes him prisoner after a sharp battle
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1609 (Ravenscroft)
KEYWORDS: ship royalty pardon battle foreigner
1350-1364 - Reign of John II of France (the only French king named John who lived during the Hundred Years' War)
FOUND IN: Britain(England)
REFERENCES (6 citations):
Child 284, "John Dory" (1 text)
Bronson 284, "John Dory" (7 versions)
BronsonSinging 284, "John Dory" (4 versions: #1a, #1b, #1e, #2)
OBB 133, "John Dory" (1 text)
Chappell/Wooldridge I, pp. 93-96, "John Dory" (1 text, 3 tunes) {Bronson's #1d, #3, #1c}
ADDITIONAL: C. H. Firth, _Publications of the Navy Records Society_ , 1907 (available on Google Books), p. 16, "John Dory" (1 text)

ST C284 (Full)
Roud #249
NOTES: In addition to the citation from Ravenscroft, we find a reference to this song in Beaumont and Fletcher's Knight of the Burning Pestle; ActII, scene iv, line 35 reads, "Would I had gone to Paris with John Dory."
There is a fish, Latin name Zeus astralis, informally known as the "John Dory." It is apparently carniverous, approaching its prey cautiously and colored so as to resemble seaweed. I do not know if the name is in any way connected with this song. - RBW
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File: C284

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