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The English And Scottish Popular Ballads

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Published between 1882 and 1898, the original ten-part study became the definitive collection of popular English and Scottish ballads. Francis James Child superceded previous and unreliable ballad editions by compiling all the extant ballads with all known variants, making them available for the first time. Features his invaluable commentary for each work.
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Published September 12th 2003 by Dover Publications (first published January 1st 1932)
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jobiwan6
got my set of these back in the early '70s when i was listening to Pentangle & John Renbourn. i was so obsessed at the time that i almost went to Toronto to study medieval music. what a valuable degree that would have been. this is the definative collection for anyone interested in early english ballads & folksongs.
Meghan
Jun 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: history buffs, romantics
Recommended to Meghan by: referenced in Thomas the Rhymer by Ellen Kushner
I love reading these ballads and wondering who they were written about and what life was like at the time. There are all sorts of songs in this collection; love songs, battle songs, drinking songs, songs about death. Deffnitely worth reading if only to catch a glimpse of the medeival.
Angie Lisle
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love the old mountain ballads, so this collection is must-have for my library.
Carolyn Finlay
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
These books are irreplaceable.
Versions of the poems and lyrics gathered together 'the definitive reference source for all studies in (...) English literature, folklore and balladry. I came across them in the 1980s, through lyrics used by Fairport Convention on their albums - Tam Lin, Crazy Man Michael (who turns into a raven), etc ..., and later used them in my M.A.
Inder
Jul 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Another one that I dabbled in as a teenager and in college, but want to reread now that I have world of folk music knowledge in me (or in my iPod, at any rate).
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