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Abby Sale 12 Aug 05 - 10:43 AM
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Subject: happy? - Aug 12 (ballad printing banned)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 12 Aug 05 - 10:43 AM

A 1552 Scottish act banned the printing of "ballads, songs, and blasphemous rhymes without license." It was enhanced by a 1567 act criminalizing failure to destroy such on sight. Finally, "Upon the twelth day of August, one William Trumbill and William Scott was hanged at the cross of Sterling for making of certain ballads, which were thought able to sow discord amongst the nobility. And this was thought a new precedent, seeing none had been executed for the like before."

[From a note dated 1579, quoted in Edward Ives, The Bonny Earl of Murray]

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Subject: RE: happy? - Aug 12 (ballad printing banned)
From: alanabit
Date: 12 Aug 05 - 03:57 PM

Oh for the good old days...discipline, law and order, firmness...


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Subject: RE: happy? - Aug 12 (ballad printing banned)
From: CapriUni
Date: 12 Aug 05 - 04:19 PM

I remember the family had a record by Pete Seeger called "Dangerous Songs" (I think that was the title). I'm trying to remember, now, whether this story was in the liner notes.

My first thought, on reading the date was: "That's just a few years before Shakespeare was born!" And that event was very likely in the living memory of many in his audiences.

Oh, to be an artist in turbulent times! Rich food for your muse, but rough on the nerves...


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