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Thread #139929   Message #3213003
Posted By: Mark Ross
26-Aug-11 - 10:09 AM
Thread Name: How old are the oldest Child ballads?
Subject: RE: How old are the oldest Child ballads?
I heard that Child's criteria for picking which ballads to add to the collection, was that he could prove that they existed before 1475, which was the date of the introduction of the printing press into England. Therefore, they were truly from the ancient oral tradition.

Mark Ross