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Thread #166098   Message #3991961
Posted By: Steve Gardham
12-May-19 - 01:07 PM
Thread Name: If you don't like ballads......
Subject: RE: If you don't like ballads......
They did, Jack, but many of these records still reside in the libraries and archives belonging to those families. We do occasionally come across them when a family ceases to exist. I have seen some 16th century ones that itemise costs of providing equipment for servants and younger family members for a sword dance team. The only word we have left to describe these entertainment organisers is unfortunately 'minstrel' which tends to conjure up somebody playing a lute. The truth was more likely someone with multiple talents in entertainment.