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Thread #6015 Message #2507757
Posted By: GUEST,Keiei
04-Dec-08 - 12:31 PM
Thread Name: Greensleeves ... Whence the name?
Subject: RE: GREENSLEEVES ... Whence the name?
Just for reference, for all of those who believe this has to do with Henry VIII, the style of song was not present in the British Isles for quite some time after his death, therefore, unless it was written by another person about that courtship, it cannot have anything to do with Henry VIII's courtship of Anne Boleyn. There may have been songs around before then which were similar to 'Greensleeves', but the actual style is Italian and did not arrive until approximately 100 years after his death, if I remember correctly.