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Popular songs from the street, tavern, theatre, home and countryside of 17th century England.
Selected and edited by Lucie Skeaping
Voted Best Classical Music Publication 2006
Comical, political, scandalous or just plain obscene, Broadside Ballads were the pop songs of their day. Distributed up and down the land they also acted as the tabloid press, with subjects like the Fire of London and the Gunpowder Plot sitting alongside lusty tales of fumbling husbands, whores, royal gossip , transvestites, celebrity hangings and the latest 'outrageous' women's fashions.
Some were eventually to find their way into the libraries of people like
Samuel Pepys; others ended up as book-liners, draught-excluders or toilet
paper. All offer us a fascinating glimpse into the lives and attitudes
of ordinary folk and a wonderful exploration of our musical history.
Also available: Let's Make Tudor Music