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Thread #162666   Message #3938133
Posted By: Brian Peters
18-Jul-18 - 02:13 PM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
"Lloyd's basic argument at this point is that ballads may have 'ancient and outlandish origins'. But it seems to me strong on rhetoric and broad brushes and short on evidence... as a writer Lloyd was very skilled at self promotion.

Speaking as one who found Lloyd's book very enjoyable at first, but later became more sceptical, yours is the kind of impression I formed myself when I tried to pick apart some of his ideas, for instance the suggestion that 'The Cutty Wren' was a remnant of a medieval protest song.

However, on the 'delousing' episode he was only following Child, who seems to be the source for much of Lloyd's discussion of Child 4 -'Lady Isabel & the Elf Knight (not 'The Elfin Knight').