I've been looking at the series of sweetheart-murder ballads and have some questions. I'm focused on miller/nosebleed series and am trying to understand the Berkshire tragedy, a broadside that entered oral circulation. Who wrote it? From what printer did it come and when?
According to Cox and others the murder was committed by "John Mauge, a Miller, who was executed at Reading in Berkshire, on Saturday the 20th of last month, for the barbarous murder of Anne Knite, his sweet-heart." Was John Mauge a real person who killed Anne Knite in 1744?
If so how could the broadside be printed earlier?
I wrote this on my site in a few hours but stopped, realizing I needed to learn -- who done it???
Comments and posts are welcome!!!