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Thread #134161   Message #3050670
Posted By: Jack Campin
10-Dec-10 - 07:18 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Who was King Edward of 17th century?
Subject: RE: Origins: Who was King Edward of 17th century?
Edward I was not exactly a nonentity, was he?

The point about Charles II and James II/VII is that songs that catch the public imagination are always saying something about the present day, no matter what time they may appear to be talking about. This one seems to date from the reign of James I/VI or earlier and to evoke a time 100 years before that, but if people were buying it and singing it in the 1680s they had a reason.