In effect, the salient features of the broadside ballad
world are most strongly realised through convention and commonplace, and those areas that attract repeated attention do so for a reason.
The highest priced lot sold for pounds 2,760 and contained about 45 single slip broadside ballads
, mostly dating from the 18th century and many of a slightly risquA nature.
Sufficient numbers of prints and pamphlets, newsbooks and almanacs, broadside ballads
and chapbooks are extant to invite such investigation.
(85)For a discussion of the tune and its sources see Simpson, The British broadside ballad
and its music, pp.42-3, and Ward, 'Apropos The British broadside ballad
and its music', pp.30-31.
The ballad in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was less a stable form than an evolving discourse-an overlapping assembly of ballad collections and antiquarian scholarship that gathered together metrical romances, broadside ballads
, ballad romances, hymns, lays, ballad parodies, and lyrical ballads that variously expanded and chastened the idea of the ballad.
This relationship is built into the verbal fabric of the broadside ballad
, a notoriously hybrid form which mingles the oral and the written into a single artefact.
The text of "Pretty Polly" can be traced to two English sources, Child ballad #4, "Lady Isabel and the Elfin Knight," and the British broadside ballad
"The Gosport Tragedy," which is also known as "The Cruel Ship's Carpenter." (9) In both ballads a young woman is lured by a man to go away with him on the promise of marriage.
The charity event also features Malc Gurnham, Terry St Clair, Broadside ballad
performer John Foreman and harmony trio Burdett, Simpson and Young.
good-night Sensational type of broadside ballad
, popular in England from the 16th through the 19th century, purporting to be the farewell statement of a criminal made shortly before his execution.
One such item is a broadside ballad
, dated about 1830, on the topic of shoplifting among middle class women.
The broadside ballad
, as a form that was both sung to the audience and bought for household consumption, fits into an intermediate stage in popular literacy, a view supported by the researches of Margaret Spufford and Tessa Watt.(1) But this aspect of the ballad audience is not explored.
This conservatism, particularly in the broadside ballad
, had long existed in harmony with a poetics of eroticism and burlesque.
(15.) For discussion, see Fumerton, 'Not Home': Stella Achilleos, 'Drinking an.d Good Fellowship: Alehouse Communities, Gestures of Social Self-Definition and the Anxiety of Social Displacement: in the Broadside Ballad
', Early Modern Literary Studies, special issue 22 (2014), pp.
As a result, it practices a kind of hyper-democratizing: anecdote, poem, broadside ballad
and statute exist side-by-side as equally legitimate sites in which patterns of power are enmeshed.
In Gaskell's Mary Barton, one of Jackson-Houlston's clearest and most persuasive examples, a quotation from a Lancashire broadside ballad
, "The Oldham Weaver," omits a stanza describing an angry exchange between the weaver and his master.