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I hope to have shown that those of his fables that conform to the model of classical and medieval fabling have close analogues in other texts, while others that do not conform are of unknown origin.
The sensitivity of the government to the points raised in a rewriting of The Butcher and the Sheep by the condemned traitor Anthony Babington when it was published in a revised Holinshed in 1587 leads me to accept the otherwise circumstantial evidence Professor Patterson adduces to demonstrate the narrow, contemporary, and risk-laden nature of the political point-scoring in much of the fabling of the period; but I have to admit to finding some of the examples more convincingly exegeted than others.