Mother Bunch

Mother Bunch
   Several Elizabethan writers allude jokingly to a notorious Mother Bunch who sold strong ale, kept a brothel, and seems to have been proverbial for coarse humour; various traditional jests and bawdy anecdotes were ascribed to her, for instance in a booklet of 1604, Pasquil's Jests Mixed with Mother Bunches Merriments. Later, her name was put to different uses; from the 17th century onwards there were *chapbooks where she figures as a wise old countrywoman, teaching a medley of *charms and magical recipes. Mother Bunch's Fairy Tales (1777) is a collection of elegant moralistic *fairytales translated from French, where she is the supposed teller.

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