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T in Oklahoma (Okiemockbird) Confessions of an Authenticity Nurd! (112* d) RE: Confessions of an Authenticity Nurd! 14 Mar 01


Keep an eye out for Robin Hood movies in which Alan-a-Dale (or whoever) plays a 6- or 8-course lute. Such scenes depict low-probability events since (a) the short lute seems generally to have had 5 strings through most of the 1400s; according to Grove's Dictionary, 7 courses weren't common until late in the 16th century; and (b) 12-14th century minstrels seem to have preferred the fiddle to other instruments.

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