Ballads Introduction and Index
Nothing, perhaps, serves better as an introduction to the Middle Ages than a glimpse at how it was preserved in verse.
Presented in this section is a selection of ballads covering the fundamental aspects of the era: love, war, heroic deeds and their tragic aftermath, and a look into the supernatural and superstitious nature of the time. In order to preserve the historical integrity of the ballads, they are presented in their original dialects. A synopsis of each ballad, in modern American English, is provided to aid in ease of comprehension of these dialects.
The ballads in this section, with the exception of Blind Harry's Wallace were culled from The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, Edited by Francis James Child and published by Houghton, Mifflin and Company in five volumes during the years 1884, 1886, 1889, 1892 and 1898. These volumes are now in the public domain.
- Blind Harry's Wallace
- Sir Patrick Spens Ballad / Synopsis
- Stirling Brig Ballad / Synopsis
- The Hunting of the Cheviot Ballad / Synopsis
- The Battle of Harlaw Ballad / Synopsis
- The Battle of Otterburn Ballad / Synopsis
- Synopses of all historical ballads
- Robin Hood and Guy of Gisborne Ballad / Synopsis
- Gude Wallace Ballad / Synopsis
- Johnie Cock Ballad / Synopsis
- Synopses of all outlaw ballads
- Fair Annie Ballad / Synopsis
- Young Beichan Ballad / Synopsis
- Child Waters Ballad / Synopsis
- Riddles Wisely Expounded Ballad / Synopsis
- Synopses of all romantic ballads
- The Unquiet Grave Ballad / Synopsis
- Kemp Owen Ballad / Synopsis
- Thomas Rhymer Ballad / Synopsis
- The Laily Worm and the Machrel of the Sea Ballad / Synopsis
- Synopses of all supernatural ballads
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