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Posted By: GUEST,Rahere
03-Sep-14 - 01:42 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance
Subject: RE: Folklore: The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance
I work on the edge of the Warburg Institute, specialists in the High Renaissance. I'm not as yet a member of their PRoMS work (although it is probably inevitable come the start of term), as they work with the Capella Pratensis - my own friendships are with Tony Rooley (Schola Cantorum Basel) and Stevie Wisheart (Synphonie Brussels) and I have played with the Chester Minstrels.
The EFDSS might have details to add on the relationship of Morris with the various forms of mumming and morality plays: Dartington Morris see its birth in the Spanish Christians and Moors dance pageants of the late 13th century, with later connections through John of Gaunt, but have no evidence to support it, and are forced to see links a hundred years later. The one thing they understate is the connection between music and pattern, central to the academic norm of the day, the quadrivium.

So all in all, the likelihood is that the second statement is true, albeit that there were some generations in between.