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Thread #23538   Message #4093138
Posted By: Reinhard
14-Feb-21 - 12:35 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: We Be Soldiers Three
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: We Be Soldiers Three
June Tabor's notes on the song from her album Apples (Topic Records, 2005):

At the beginning of the 16th century the Netherlands were part of the most powerful empire on earth, that of Charles V (1500-1558). It was during his reign that the persecutions and wars began. More than 150 years of violence and brutality followed as the great powers of Europe fought in and for those territories. Finally the land was partitioned, the South annexed by France, the north becoming modern-day Holland and the central part, eventually, Belgium. A degree of stability was achieved but the habit of fighting wars here continued. Mercenaries returning from the troubled Low Countries, penniless, thirsty and dangerous, were to be given a wide berth. “Pardona moy” was definitely a provocation, not an apology.