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Analytical Index to Publications of Texas Folklore Society, by James T. Bratcher

By James T. Bratcher

The first of the guides of the Texas Folklore Society, Round the Levee, edited via Stith Thompson, was once released in 1916. by means of 1972, thirty-six volumes had seemed, recording nearly thousand folktales, ranging in variety from basic puns to complicated relatings of marvels and adventures and in therapy from basic presentation to scholarly dialogue. In his quantity, James T. Bratcher indexes and makes the wealth of fabric during this sequence available to folklorists everywhere.

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The death of Edward II liberated Edward III from the awkwardness of a situation in which the father was deemed unfit to rule, yet the rights of the son remained rooted in the principle of primogeniture. Just as it served Edward III to emphasize retrospectively the legitimate authority of his deposed father, so also did it serve the interests of the widowed Queen Isabella. Isabella enjoyed an independent royal status as a princess of France and a natural personal influence in government as the mother of Edward III.

531. 32 Hope, ‘Funeral Effigies’, p. 531. Due to the rigidity of the corpse some of the vestments were slit open in order for them to be placed on the corpse before being sewn back together. On royal embalming and bodily decay, see E. A. R. Brown, ‘Death and the Human Body in the Later Middle Ages: The Legislation of Boniface VIII on the Division of the Corpse’, Viator 12 (1981), 221–70. 34 The crudely carved trunk of Edward III’s surviving funeral effigy would have been clothed with royal robes.

H. Cohen, Life Events and Psychological Functioning: Theoretical and Methodological Issues (Newbury Park, CA, 1988). qxd 6/22/04 11:02 AM Page 37 Coming to Kingship status associated with marriage and the production of children. 23 Such events could take on a much greater significance in the case of rulers who succeeded to the throne at sufficiently young an age to have their adult life events take place within the span of their own reigns. 24 There are particular reasons, however, to assume that life events took on an even greater resonance in the reigns of kings who acceded as boys.

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