100 Ballads.

Top-of-the-pops from seventeenth-century England.

Professor Christopher Marsh is a historian at Queen’s University, Belfast, whose work focuses on the social and cultural history of England during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He has published work on popular religion, religious nonconformity, social relations, gender relations and popular music. In association with others he has just launched a new, free website which focuses on over 100 hit songs of the 17th century, and it includes images, new recordings and a wealth of other material.


Broadside ballads were single-sheet songs that sold for a penny a piece. This website concentrates on over 100 resoundingly successful examples that you can investigate through recordings, images and a wealth of other materials. Whether you are interested in music, art, love, gender, tragedy, politics, family life, crime, history, humour or death, you will find something to engage you here

Please note that this content was not originated by FCELH but it has been posted here because it may be of interest to members and others interested in English local history. For any queries please visit the website https://www.100ballads.org

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