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Thread #162259 Message #3860195
Posted By: Jim Carroll
11-Jun-17 - 03:34 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Best and oldest protest songs.
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Best and oldest protest songs.
The earliest form of 'protest' or political songs in England were put together in 'The Political Songs of England (From the reign of John to that of Edward II) by Thomas Wright (1839)
They are in French, Provncál Latin, Anglo-Norman and early English and all come with a descriptive commentary and extensive notes - they date from the beginning of the 13th century.
They cover taxation, rationing and wars...... etc - all good solid subjects for protest - it has been described as "a collection of political verses, venality satires and songs of social protest from medieval England".
The songs are no longer singable, of course - if they ever where, but they make a fascinating study of how songs have always been used beyond being merely entertainment
I bought a remaindered copy of the reprint for £1.00 back in the 70s, but always kick myself for not buying the first two-volume edition and a ridiculously low price (we were economising at the time)