Rigby’s Encyclopaedia of the Herring

A work in progress with no end in sight

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BATTLE OF THE HERRINGS (1429)

On the connection between Sir John Fastolf, victor at the Battle of Herrings, and Sir John Falstaff, a large Shakespearean character

EUPHEMISMS

Some of the names given to herrings together with the associated logics and a brief digression on the subject of Bombay duck

HARENG SAUR, LE

In which the current and historical natures of Hareng Saur are considered alongside the proto-surreal works it inspired (Cros, Huysmans, Ensor)

NASHES LENTEN STUFFE

A brief account of the writing of Thomas Nashe's extraordinary late C16th work; its scurrilous red herring origin story extracted in full

RED HERRING

Not just a euphemism for a false trail, but a kind of smoked herring that has probably served as a euphemism for a false trail since at least the C16th

WHITE HERRING

On the nature of white herring, its international markets and its historical underachievement with the Great British public