Ballads and Songs of Peterloo (Hardback)Alison Morgan (author)
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Ballads and songs of Peterloo is an edited collection of poems and songs written following the Peterloo Massacre in 1819. This collection, which includes over seventy poems, were published either as broadsides or in radical periodicals and newspapers. Notes to support the reading of the texts are provided, but they also stand alone, conveying the original publications without diluting their authenticity.
Following an introduction outlining the massacre, the radical press and broadside ballad, the poems are grouped into six sections according to theme. Shelley's Masque of Anarchy is included as an appendix in acknowledgement of its continuing significance to the representation of Peterloo.
This book is primarily aimed at students and lecturers of Romanticism and social history.
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 248
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
'Morgan's background in English literature shows through in her insightful analysis of the texts, but the avid historian will not be disappointed. These songs, written at the time and sometimes as eyewitness accounts, often contain references to contemporary cultural touchstones and political figures, many of which may be unknown to present-day readers. But through the incredibly detailed and comprehensive footnotes, the ballads help to provide a deeper understanding of the political and emotional landscape than could be gained from a history book alone. This is a work of which Roy Palmer would have been proud.'
Folk Music Journal
'Ballads and Songs of Peterloo is a comprehensive and timely addition to our knowledge of Peterloo's enduring cultural legacy. It is also a very useful reference tool for accessing key bibliographic and contextual information on the many short-lived radical newspapers of the period - a service indeed for radical historians, and it is certainly a book that I will refer to again and again. But what I like best about this very readable book is that it keeps these songs alive and makes them accessible to a new generation.'
Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire
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