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Ballads, Tudor Vagabonds and Roundhead Reputations: the Restoration After-Life of Cook Laurel

Willie, RJ Ballads, Tudor Vagabonds and Roundhead Reputations: the Restoration After-Life of Cook Laurel. Huntington Library Quarterly: studies in English and American history and literature. ISSN 0018-7895 (Accepted)

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Abstract

This essay examines how ballad song was appropriated to present the demise of the Rump Parliament and commemorate the Restoration of the monarchy. Songs not only provide a tune through which words could be performed, but also weave together disparate texts through memory of past utterances and performances. The tune “Cook Laurel” establishes a mnemonic connection between Parliamentarian figures and ubiquitous rascals in Elizabethan folklore and in Ben Jonson’s Gipsies Metmorphos’d (performed 1621). The use of song emphasizes and consolidates representations of Parliamentarians as rogues, offering royalists a way to lament the regicide and to celebrate the Restoration.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is an unedited draft not for citation, and has been accepted for publication in Huntington Library Quarterly: studies in English and American history and literature.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2103 Historical Studies
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: University of California Press
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2022 10:37
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2022 10:45
Editors: Depledge, E and Willie, R
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16206

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