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How old are the oldest Child ballads?

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Steve Gardham 25 Jan 13 - 11:02 AM
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Subject: RE: How old are the oldest Child ballads?
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 25 Jan 13 - 11:02 AM

Whilst the rose/briar motif is a commonplace in ballads it would be interesting to find the earliest record of a ballad that uses it. Like many of the ballads BA first appeared on broadsheets in the 17thc and at a guess without the aforementioned motif, but that's off the top of my head.


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