Border Ballads: A Selection

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James Reed
Psychology Press, 2003 - 188 páginas
"The Border Ballads are rooted in the wild and beautiful lands that lie between England and Scotland, a traditionally lawless area whose inhabitant owed allegiance first to kin and laird, and only then to the authorities in London or Edinburgh. Recording a violent, clannish world of fierce hatred and loyalties, the ballads tell vivid tales of raids, feuds and betrayals, romances and revenge. They celebrate ungovernable heroes and powerful women, often in laments for the murderous results of breaking tribal codes, and they evoke the presence of an older border, between the natural and the supernatural worlds. The Border Ballads were long regarded as primitive poems. James Reed's selection restores their identity within the oral tradition, setting them in the context of their time and place with the aid of maps and a glossary." -- Publisher's description
 

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This is a good selection of the Scottish border ballads, with an introduction by James Reed and helpful maps of the territories of the "surnames" (he Border equivalent of Highland clans) and of the ... Leer comentario completo

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Introduction
9
Suggestions for Further Study
26
Jock o the Side
38
Dick o the Cow
48
Johnie Armstrong
58
Fair Helen of Kirconnel
67
Jamie Telfer in the Fair Dodhead
75
The Outlaw Murray
82
The Raid of the Reidswire
101
The Battle of Otterburn
107
The Douglas Tragedy
121
Rare Willie Drowned in Yarrow
127
The Cruel Sister
134
The Twa Corbies
140
True Tammas
148
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The Death of Parcy Reed
94

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