Folk Play Distribution Map: The Distribution of Slasher and the Turk

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Folk Play Distribution Map: The Distribution of Slasher and the Turk
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blue i am a valiant soldier slasher is my name 1788
fuchsia hear come s i the turkish knight
came from the turkish land to fight
lime i am a turky champion from turkeyland i came 1803-1818
  1. Known composite scripts prepared by known authors have been omitted.
  2. Chapbooks, broadsides, and other commercial texts have been omitted.


This map is an improved version of one that appeared in my PhD thesis (Millington, 2002, p.275, Map 20), and in my paper on textual analysis (Millington, 2003, p.103, Map 3). In this version, generated by the Scripts Explorer, the markers coloured, whereas the original maps were in monochrome. The scripts database has also grown slightly since 2003 (Millington, 1994-2006).

"The linking of George's introductory speeches with particular combatants makes it possible to determine which came first. [This map] shows the distribution of George's two principal adversaries, Slasher and the Turkish Knight/Turkish Champion. Slasher is found in most of mainland Britain. On the other hand, the Turk is mostly confined to southern England and to Ireland, perhaps overlying the Slasher distribution. This suggests that Slasher is the older adversary, and therefore by association, George the valiant knight must be older than George the bold. Furthermore, he was probably originally King George without any allusion to the dragon legend, and is likely to have arisen in the Cotswolds and/or North Midlands." (Millington, 2002, p.275 & 2003, p.103)

Peter Millington


Peter Millington (1999-2018) Folk Play Research: Texts and Contexts
Internet URL:, 1999-2018, accessed 24th Jan.2021
Retitled in 2018 - formerly 'Historical Database of Folk Play Scripts'.

Peter Millington (2002) The Origins and Development of English Folk Plays
PhD Thesis, University of Sheffield, May 2002     [Full Text PDF - 2.7MB]

Peter Millington (2003) Textual Analysis of English Quack Doctor Plays: Some New Discoveries
in: Folk Drama Studies Today: The International Traditional Drama Conference 2002, ed. by E.Cass & P.Millington
Sheffield, Traditional Drama Research Group, 2003, ISBN 0-9508152-3-3, pp.97-132     [PDF Download - 841kB]

Peter Millington (2004-2021) Folk Play Scripts Explorer
Internet URL:, 2004-2021, accessed 24th Jan.2021

This map was generated from the Folk Play Scripts Explorer.
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