The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #23445   Message #511071
Posted By: IanC
20-Jul-01 - 05:56 AM
Thread Name: Distortion of History in Folk Song
Subject: RE: Distortion of History in Folk Song
We've mostly been talking about historical inaccuracy up to now, but I notice that Doctor John's original post was really about judging historical events by the standards of today. Something I think we do rather too much. There's a good example of it in this thread and in others.

As George Fox said of the gospels, you can't really understand historical writings unless you can get into the spirit of the people who wrote them. In some cases, that means understanding mean-spiritedness, of course ...