The gentle craft

the art or trade of shoemaking.

See also: Gentle

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
Beside him, on the arm of his great chair, roosted his favorite falcon, for the Prior was fond of the gentle craft of hawking.
Another fisherman was picked up here--and that so silently, that if Young Jerry had been superstitious, he might have supposed the second follower of the gentle craft to have, all of a sudden, split himself into two.
and every lover of the gentle craft was out to avenge the poor May-flies.
She has busied herself by knitting items to sell to raise cash for her legal appeals - and has even taught the gentle craft to other inmates crammed in the sweltering prison.
Di Salvo's discussion of prose saints' lives like Thomas Deloney's 1597 The Gentle Craft and commercialized civic performances of hagiography in the 1613 Wells Cordwainers' pageant.
But he wrote it in 1599, and, in those days before plot-plundering became the sin of plagiarism, there was a 1597 novel - Thomas Deloney's The Gentle Craft, based on the merchant draper and 1445 Lord Mayor, Simon Eyre - that was a much handier source.
He argues that the historical settings constructed in Sir Philip Sidney's The Countess of Pembrokes Arcadia (1593),Thomas Deloney's Jack of Newbury (1619), Thomas of Reading (1612), and The Gentle Craft (1637), and Thomas Nashe's The Unfortunate Traveller (1594) are integral to a complex understanding of these works.
The "mad" Simon Eyre, leader of the members of "The Gentle Craft" in Dekker's The Shoemaker's Holiday, confronts the audience with its own need to court favor with power, while giving all a chance to experience group "homosociality," which is both androgynous in its achieved identity and carnivalesque in its ribald violence.
His Jacke of Newberie (1597), The Gentle Craft, Parts I and II (1597-c.
As far as I am aware, it has not been noticed that De Flores here is lifting the final speech of Sir Hugh in the first part of Thomas Deloney's The Gentle Craft (1597).
Both The Gentle Craft (1597) by Thomas Deloney and A Shoemaker, A Gentleman (ca 1618) by William Rowley present Crispianus as a military hero and Crispin as the secret lover and eventual husband of Ursula amidst the Roman invasion of an ancient Britain full of kind and loyal shoemakers.
The title page of Thomas Deloney's 1597 tribute to shoemakers, The Gentle Craft, promises to show the reader "what famous men have been Shoomakers in time past in this Land, with their worthy deeds and great Hospitality," and the stories that follow celebrate the virtues and remarkable achievements of various English shoemakers.