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GUEST If you don't like ballads...... (252* d) RE: If you don't like ballads...... 12 May 19


The library of Congress link provided above says that some ballads were written by minstrels working in the houses of "noblemen". It provides no references for these assertions. I know that many people have a romantic image of the 'minstrel' of old but it may not reflect reality.

A book I have by an expert in Medieval English poetry says that some people believe that minstrels may have played purely instrumental work, not 'ballads' or songs of any sort at all. It also says there are no accounts of 'minstrel' performances or of their repertoires.

The reference given for this view is Greene R L (Ed) (1962) Selection: A Selection of English carols, Oxford.


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