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libel

(lī′bĕl) [L. libellus, little book, pamphlet]
Defaming the character of another by means of the written word. To qualify legally as libel, written communication must intentionally impugn the reputation of another person and be both malicious and demonstrably false.
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not only [at] fayres and other great assemblies and concourses of people but also in publique tavernes and ale-howses", claiming that all clerics simply "conned a ballet without booke and thereof made a sermon".(19) Penne was probably unable to write, and he was just one of many libellers who were illiterate in some sense.
In response, Pope began the "sorry" effort to deny authorship of the poem and even offered a reward to anyone who could uncover the identity of the libellers. "Mrs.
But nothing points to Northampton as the patron of the libellers, and it is simplistic to ascribe all evidence of political opinion to court faction.