This series rarely touches upon the great people and events romanticized by Hollywood and numerous fiction writers and perhaps even a few historiansbut focuses on the basics of everyday life for the average person or even the average lord or cleric.
Overview[ edit ] Written forms date from the early s, long after the death of the historical Whittington. A drama play —5 and ballad are lost, and Richard Johnson 's ballad of is the earliest surviving piece that refer to Whittington making his fortune with his cat.
This early ballad already contains the tradition that Whittington fled his scullion 's service and traveled towards home, but was beckoned back by the London bells which predicted his future of becoming mayor.
It has also been speculated that the story, in reality, had its origins as a satire against the humble origins of a different Lord Mayor of London, Sir William Cravenwho held the office in This theory is supported by the chronology of the story's origins, and by the fact that Sir William Craven's life had many more real parallels to the story than that of Sir Richard Whittington, who, unlike Craven, was never born into poverty.
It seems likely that the story combines elements of both. Common chapbooks of a later period wrote that the boy reached as far as Holloway on the night he fled. Links to this village has not been corroborated in early folklore or literature, and is thought to be an 18th-century invention.
But based on this tradition, the landmark Whittington Stone at the foot of Highgate Hill is commonly perceived to be the place where Dick Whittingon stopped and heard the famous bells.
The story was adapted into puppet play by Martin Powell in the early 18th century. Later, it has been performed as stage pantomimes and children's plays. It has also been retold as a children's story by a number of printers and authors to this day.
A number of foreign and medieval analogues exist that exhibit the motif "Whittington's cat" motif, N Synopsis[ edit ] The following summary gives a comparison of three textual sources.
But he soon found himself cold and hungry, [c] and fell asleep at the gate of the home of a wealthy merchant named Fitzwarren H, C. Dick and his cat In the prose versions, an account of the Dick Whittington's cat subsequently follows, but in the ballad, it is preceded by Dick's flight and church bells episode.
In the prose legend, Dick is provided quarter at the Fitzwarrens' garret room in the attic H, Cwhich was infested with rats and mice H, C. When Fitzwarren organized a trade expedition sending the merchant ship Unicorn HDick's cat was "ventured" to this mission to be sold for profit abroad B, H, C.
The versions also differ regarding the circumstances: Flight, and the bells tolling Dick became disenchanted with the scullion's lot and attempted to flee, either because he received room and board only for his labours and was denied monetary wages Bor because the kitchen maid H or female cook named Mrs.
Cicely C abused and physically beat him beyond his tolerance. The wording of the bells' message differ slightly according to the textual source. Rags to riches The ship was driven off course to the Barbary Coastwhere the Moorish king purchased the entire cargo for a load of gold, and insisted on entertaining the English traders with a feast.
But the banquet was swarmed with rats and mice, whereby the English "factor" business agent informed their hosts that they were in possession of a creature which could exterminate these vermin H, C.
Thus Dick Whittington's cat was immediately put to the test, chasing and destroying the rodents. The Moors, even more pleased to learn that the cat was pregnant, paid more H or ten times more C for the cat than the rest of the cargo combined.
The ship returned to London and Fitzwarren who was apprised of the success of the venture at his home on Leadenhall Hsummoned the besmirched scullion Dick Whittington to the parlour H or compting-room C and sat him in a seat, addressing him in dignified fashion as Master H or Mr.
Dick was upset at first that this was being done in mockery, but Fitzwarren insisted it was all in earnest, explaining that the profits from the ship now made Dick a richer man than himself C, H. Dick married his former master's daughter Alice Fitzwarren C, Hand joined his father-in-law in his business H.
In time, Whittington became the Lord Mayor of London three times, just as the bells had predicted. He also burnt the bonds he owned, which the Crown had issued to fund the war B, H. Whittington Stone Today, on Highgate Hill in front of Whittington Hospitalthere is a statue in honour of Whittington's legendary cat on the site where, according to late versions of the story, the distant Bow Bells beckoned young Dick back to London to claim his fortune.
Whittington biographer Lysons felt it stood there as a marker for "many centuries", even if it was actually just the debris of an old cross with only the plinth or base remaining, as some had suggested. Wheatley argued that Whittington's association to "Holloway" must have been a later embellishment, as it is lacking in the early T.
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