Mudcat Café message #3992084 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #166098   Message #3992084
Posted By: Iains
13-May-19 - 09:50 AM
Thread Name: If you don't like ballads......
Subject: RE: If you don't like ballads......
@ Pseudonymous.   In Shakespearean times a performer was required to be licensed by the nobility or the crown. They were regarded as a threat.
Perhaps they are still a threat today if departing from the given narrative.

The link below gives further confusion( I found the link while trying to establish if the rime of the ancient mariner was a ballad)