At a glance:
- Author: Thomas Deloney
- First Published: 1597
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Picaresque
- Setting: England
- Characters: Jack Winchcomb, Jack’s Master’s Widow, Jack’s Second Wife, Henry VIII, Queen Catherine, Cardinal Wolsey
- Genres: Long fiction, Picaresque fiction, Adventure, Novel
- Subjects: Middle classes, Marriage, Villages, England or English people, Inheritance or succession, Kings, queens, or royalty, Loyalty, London, Pigs, Business or business people, Adventure, Sixteenth century, Knights or knighthood, Weaving or weavers
- Locales: Europe, England, United Kingdom
In the days of King Henry VIII, there lives in the English town of Newbery a young weaver named Jack Winchcomb. As a young man he is something of a prodigal, spending as much as he makes and having a reputation as a merry young fellow; he is known in all the county of Berkshire as Jack of Newbery. After his master dies, however, Jack changes his ways. His mistress, who acquires a fondness for the young man, entrusts to him the entirety of her husband’s business. Jack becomes a careful man, both with his mistress’s affairs and with his own, and he soon loses his...
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