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Lovers, Rakes and Rogues

Amatory, Merry and Bawdy Verse from 1580 to 1830

Edited by John Wardroper
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Wardroper (John), London, United Kingdom
Published: 12th Oct 1995
Dimensions: h 220mm
ISBN-10: 0952609304
ISBN-13: 9780952609308
Barcode No: 9780952609308
This collection offers 325 love-songs and merry, bawdy and irreverent verses from Shakespeare's time up to the eve of Queen Victoria, brought to light from songbooks, broadsides, manuscripts and other sources in the British Library, The Bodleian and elsewhere. They spring from all levels of society - aristocratic circles, the theatres, the taverns and the streets. A 7000-word introduction gives the social-historical background. Wherever necessary, words and allusions are helpfully annotated in the page. Endnotes provide additional material. Also included are 40 examples of music to the songs in the book.

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