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Miracles & murders : an introductory anthology of Breton ballads

Author: Mary-Ann Constantine; Eva Guillorel; David Atkinson
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017. ©2017
Series: British Academy postdoctoral fellowship monograph.
Edition/Format:   Print book : CD audio : Music   Sound Recording : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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This is a vivid introduction, by two of the foremost scholars in the field, to one of the most fascinating and little-known song traditions in Europe, the Breton gwerz, or ballad. These narrative songs, collected in Western Brittany from the 19th century to the present day, recount a wealth of stories based on tragic local events or legends. They tell of shipwrecks, abductions, accidents and murders, miraculous  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Material Type: Music
Document Type: Book, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Mary-Ann Constantine; Eva Guillorel; David Atkinson
ISBN: 9780197266199 0197266193
OCLC Number: 1006649162
Language Note: Contains Breton texts and English translations.
Notes: CD of ballads inside back cover.
Description: xvi, 230 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, music ; 25 cm + 1 audio disc (4 3/4 in.).
Contents: Foreword / David Atkinson --
The ballads --
1. Lord Count and the Fairy --
2. Saint Henori and the King of Brest --
3. Skolvan, a penitent soul --
4. Maharit Lauranç saved from the gallows --
5. Dom Jean Derrian's journey to Santiago de Compostela --
6. Saint Iañn Bubri, murderer and rapist --
7. Berhet, midwife to the Virgin Mary --
8. The plague in Langonnet --
9. The bridegroom and the mad dog --
10. Seven years at sea --
11. Shipwreck at Penmarc'h --
12. The siege of Guingamp --
13. The heiress of Keroulas : a forced marriage --
14. Lord Villaudrain and the merchants --
15. Fontanelle and his bandits --
16. The kidnap and suicide of Jeannedic Ar Rous --
17. Marharit Charlès and her bandits --
18. Love and leprosy: Iannik Kokard --
19. Janedig the witch --
20. The wax child --
21. The fire in the lead tower --
22. Cleric Laoudour and his sweetheart --
23. The murder of Lord Pennanguer --
24. The reprieve of Contrechapell --
25. Marivonnik abducted by English sailors --
26. Sea-changes : Catherin An Troadec --
27. Infanticide and penance : Mari Kelen --
28. The murdered servant girl --
29. The drowning of Toussaint de Kerguézec --
30. The execution of the Marquis de Pontcallec --
31. Loeiz Er Ravalleg murdered by his friends --
32. The twice-married woman --
33. The recruit : Garan Ar Briz --
34. The death of the Chouan Jean Jan --
35. Our lady of Port-Blanc.
Series Title: British Academy postdoctoral fellowship monograph.
Other Titles: Miracles and murders
Introductory anthology of Breton ballads
Responsibility: by Mary-Ann Constantine & Éva Guillorel ; with a foreword by David Atkinson.

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The highly dramatic Breton ballad tradition is relatively little-known. This volume explores the nature of the songs and the contexts in which they have been performed. A selection of songs is  Read more...

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