Songs of Protest, Songs of Love

    Songs of Protest, Songs of Love

    Popular Ballads in Eighteenth-Century Britain

    Robin Ganev

    Manchester University Press 2009

    Hardback 254pp

    9780719078903   Product Code: 20788

    During the 18th century, as the traditional rights of peasants were being jettisoned to enforce a new system of enclosure, rural labourers expressed their concerns in songs of protest. There were also popular love songs, celebrating the free and easy sexuality of rural workers, and these too were rich in social meaning. This scholarly study of popular ballads offers a glimpse of an 18th-century world very different from that of polite poems and novels.

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