The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #110621   Message #2334613
Posted By: pavane
07-May-08 - 02:03 AM
Thread Name: Bertsongs? (songs of A. L. 'Bert' Lloyd)
Subject: RE: Bertsongs?
"It was also partly due to his being a pioneer--there weren't too many other scholars who were really looking at songs as historical evidence yet, so there was no methodology in place. Finally, it had to do with him being untrained--as most of us know, he wasn't a trained historian, and kind of made up his methods as he went along"

I think you are being too generous. And there is a contradiction here too. If he was untrained, he presumably wouldn't have known of an existing "methodology". I see no reason why this is fundamentally different to history, which has been studied for centuries. And even an untrained person must surely know that forging 'evidence' is wrong.