A Dream of John Ball
, c. 1470
Detail of British Library manuscript "Royal 18 E. I f.165v"
Froissart, Jean. The Chronicles of Jean Froissart. In Lord Berners' Translation, selected, edited and introduced by Gillian and William Anderson. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.
Critical Articles and Book Chapters:
- Boos, Florence. "History as Fellowship in Morris's Literary Writings." William Morris Today, 1981.
- Boos, Florence. “Victorian Alternative Futures: ‘Historicism,’ Past and Present, and A Dream of John
Ball,” in History and Community: Essays in Victorian Medievalism, ed. Florence Boos.
New York: Garland Publishing Inc., 1992, 3-37.
- Courtney, Julia. "Versions of the Past, Problems of the Present, Hopes for the Future: Morris and Others Rewrite the Peasants' Revolt." JWMS 21.2 (Summer 2015).
- Cowan, Yuri. "'Paradyse Erthly': John Ball and the Medieval Dream-Vision," Writing on the Image: Reading William Morris. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007: 137-53.
- Faulkner, Peter. William Morris and the Idea of England. London: William Morris Society, 1992.
- Grennan, Margaret. William Morris: Medievalist to Revolutionary. New York: King's Crown Press, 1945, Chapter 4, John Ball.
- Guy, Josephine M. "William Morris," The British Avant-Garde: The Theory and Politics of Tradition. New York and London: Harvester, 1991, 119-38.
- Hilton, Rodney. The Change Beyond the Change: A Dream of John Ball. William Morris Society, 1990.
- Holzman, Michael. "The Encouragement and Warning of History: William Morris's A Dream of John Ball." Socialism and the Literary Artistry of William Morris, eds. Florence Boos and Carole Silver. Columbia, Missouri: U Missouri Press, 1990, 98-116.
- Kegel, Charles H. "William Morris's A Dream of John Ball: A Study in Reactionary Liberalism." Papers of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters: 1954, 40, part 4 (1955), 303-312. (pdf)
- Kocmanova, Jessie. "Two Uses of the Dream-Form as a Means of Confronting the Present with the National Past: William Morris and Svatopluk Cech." Brno Studies in English 2 (1960), 113-48.
- Miller, Elizabeth Carolyn. "No News Is Good News: William Morris's Utopian Print: Orality and Print Culture," in News from Nowhere and A Dream of John Ball," Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Late Victorian Print Culture. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2013, 58-67.
- Oberg, Charlotte. Chapter VII, "The Uses of History," A Pagan Prophet: William Morris. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1978.
- Salmon, Nicholas. "A Reassessment of A Dream of John Ball." JWMS 14.2 (Spring 2001): 29-38 [PDF].
- Salmon, Nicholas. "The Revision of A Dream of John Ball." JWMS 10.2 (Spring 1993): 15-17 [PDF].
- Timo, Helen. "'A Not So Golden Age': The Genesis of Morris's A King's Lesson."JWMS 7.4 (Spring 1988): 16-18 [PDF].
Relevant Essays by Morris:
"The Lord Mayor's Show, 1884," in Nicholas Salmon, ed., Morris on History, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1996, 132-36. Published in Justice, 1.44, 15 November 1884, 2.
"Revolutionary Calendar: Watt Tyler, 1888," in Nicholas Salmon, ed., Morris on History, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1996, 141-42. Published in Commonweal 4.126, 9 June 1888, 182.
"Early England," in Nicholas Salmon, ed., Morris on History, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1996, 51-70. Unpublished in Morris's lifetime; included in Eugene Le Mire, ed., Unpublished Lectures of William Morris, Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1969.
"The Gothic Revival, I," in Eugene Le Mire, Unpublished Lectures of Wiliam Morris. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1969, 74-93. From B. L. Ms. 45,331(10). Delivered March 3, 1884 to the Birmingham and Midland Institute.
"The Gothic Revival, II," in Eugene Le Mire, Unpublished Lectures of Wiliam Morris. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1969, 74-93. From B. L. Ms. 45,331(1). Delivered March 10, 1884 to the Birmingham and Midland Institute.
"Feudal England," in Nicholas Salmon, ed., Morris on History, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1996, 71-89. From Commonweal, 20 August-10 September 1887. [pdf]
"Art and Industry in the Fourteenth Century, " in Nicholas Salmon, ed., Morris on History, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1996, 90-105. Unpublished in Morris's lifetime; included in Collected Works, ed. My Morris, vol. 22. [pdf]
"Revolt of Ghent," Comonweal, July-August 1888. [pdf] For the text of the complete version in seven parts, see Marxists Archive, https://www.marxists.org/archive/morris/works/1888/ghent/
See also chapters 2-4 of "Socialism from the Root Up," Morris and Ernest Belfort Bax, 1886 (later Socialism: Its Growth and Outcome, London: Swan Sonnenshein, 1893: "Medieval Society, The Break Up of Feudalism, "Modern Society: Early Stages."
Socialism: Its Growth and Outcome, London: Swan Sonnenshein, 1896, co-authored with E. Belfort Bax; also available from Archive.org; revised from with preface and introduction from "Socialism from the Root Up" Commonweal 1886-1888, from the Marxists Archive; pdf's of originals are here.
Supplementary Material on "A King's Lesson":
Peteri, Eva. "Morris's 'A King's Lesson': A Hungarian Perspective." Journal of William Morris Studies 18.3 (2009): 48-55.