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A History of the Beard

Antony Rowland


A History of the Beard

Antony Rowland


Poem introduction

This poem is a response to some work my father did on our family history. With a name like 'Rowland' I expected to be descended from an aristocratic family of French knights. In reality, I found out that we were descended from a family of eighteenth-century hairdressers from Essex. The poem starts with an epigraph from the Antiquarian Repertory.

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