John Gerarde, The Herball, 1597 - Goosetree [barnacles], detail, p.1391, detail.

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Date:1597

Description:Truth and Myth in Shakespeare's books of reference: The Barnacle Goose Tree.

Shakespeare includes, in The Winter's Tale (4.4), a similar myth to Gerarde’s tale of a barnacle-goose tree in the ballad story that Autolycus brings to the sheep-shearing feast ‘Here’s one to a very doleful tune. How a usurer’s wife was brought to bed of twenty money-bags…’, at which Mopsa queries ‘Is it true think you?’.

Full title: John Gerarde, The Herball, [colophon: Edm. Bollifant for Bonham and John Norton], 1597.(Copy with contemporary hand-colouring.)


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