Saturday 1st September 2018, 2pm:

Singing the News: Ballads in Mid-Tudor England

Open University History Society Study Day

The vernacular words and unpretentious tunes of sixteenth-century ballads meant that they were accessible to everyone, making them an important resource for the reconstruction of popular attitudes to a variety of subjects. In the absence of a periodical press, these memorable songs used rhyme and melody to sell stories and news. This paper will use live musical examples to demonstrate how the performance of ballads enabled debate about current affairs, despite restrictions on free speech.

 

Tuesday 25th September 2018, 7.30pm:

Singing the News: Ballads in Mid-Tudor England

Thurnham WI, Lancaster

 

30 & 31 January 2019:

Sovereign Education Study Days, Windsor Castle.

 

Thursday 28 February 2019, 7.45pm:

Singing the News: Ballads in Mid-Tudor England

Lancaster Archaeological and Historical Society, St Paul’s Hala Community Centre Hala Square, Scotforth, Lancaster.

 

Thursday, 25 April 2019, 7.30pm

Singing the News: Ballads in Mid-Tudor England

Historical Association Bath Branch, Quaker Meeting House, York Street, Bath

 

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