About this Edition

This online edition of Wat Tyler was created with generous support and guidance from Neil Fraistat, Professor of English, University of Maryland, College Park. It was produced by graduate students at the University of Maryland, College Park. Matthew Hill oversaw the project through most of its stages. Michael Gamer provided final assistance, reworking and finishing the project, expanding and rewriting its content.

General Editors: Anne Benvenuto (Critical Reception, General Proofreading); Eric Berlatsky (Transcription, Annotations, Proofreading, Collations, Introduction); Matthew Hill (Edition Coordinator, Web Design, Transcription, Proofreading, Annotations); Lisa Delucia Lewnes (Southey Biography, Annotations); Erin Sadlack (History of 1381 Peasants' Rebellion, Annotations co-editor, Other Tellings of Wat Tyler, Proofreading); Ingrid Satelmajer (Annotations co-editor, Transcription, Proofreading, Other Tellings of Wat Tyler).

Contributing Editors: Claudia Bowe (Transcription, Proofreading, Historical Documentation, Publication History, English Copyright, Annotations) and Jonna Perillo (Publication History, English Copyright, Annotations).

The Design
This hypertext edition was designed and marked up at the University of Maryland by Kate Singer, Site Manager at Romantic Circles. Making extensive use of tables and style sheets for layout and presentation, it will work best when viewed with Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator versions 5.0 and 4.7, respectively, and higher. The HTML markup is HTML 4.01/Transitional compliant, as set out by the World Wide Web Consortium.

The Text
This edition has been collated using five extant editions of the text: The John Fairbarn and William Hone (pirated / unauthorized) editions of 1817, the John Cleave and J.P. Mendham editions of 1835 and 1850 respectively, and the "official" version of the text presented in the 1860 Collected Poetical Works of Robert Southey. There are as many as ten other pirated editions (many based on these five) of the play in existence; acquiring and collating these texts is a long-term goal of the critical edition project. Please see the Works Consulted page for a complete list of witness editions.

The annotations to the text were compiled by the editors to provide literary, historical, and political context to the Wat Tyler edition. The Works Consulted contains a complete list of sources and reference materials used in creating these notes.