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Thread #23445   Message #260330
Posted By: Doctor John
18-Jul-00 - 04:49 PM
Thread Name: Distortion of History in Folk Song
Subject: Distortion of History in Folk Song
The thread on the Tolpuddle festival got me thinking of this. I suppose in a sense all history is distorted, even for the best of reasons perhaps by trying to judge the past by the standards of the present. Leon Rosselson's "World Turned Upside Down" is an example (read the book by the same title by Christopher Hill to see) and the many songs about the not very Scottish and not very bonnie Bonnie Prince Charlie are another. Any other examples. Dr John (not a member of the Richard lll Society)