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Miracles & murders : an introductory anthology of Breton ballads

Author: Mary-Ann Constantine; Eva Guillorel; David Atkinson
Publisher: Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017.
Series: British Academy postdoctoral fellowship monograph.
Edition/Format:   Print book : CD audio : Music   Sound Recording : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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: Texts
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Music, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Sound Recording, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mary-Ann Constantine; Eva Guillorel; David Atkinson
ISBN: 9780197266199 0197266193
OCLC Number: 987990317
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: The ballads: Lord Count and the Fairy --
Saint Henori and the King of Brest --
Skolvan, a penitent soul --
Maharit Laurans saved from the gallows --
Dom Jean Derrian's journey to Santiago de Compostela --
Saint Iann Bubry, murderer and rapist --
Berhet, midwife to the Virgin Mary --
The plague in Langonnet --
The bridegroom and the mad dog --
Seven years at sea --
Shipwreck at Penmarc'h --
The siege of Guingamp --
The Heiress of Keroulaz: a forced marriage --
Lord Villaudrain and the merchants --
Fontanelle and his bandits --
The kidnap and suicide of Jeannedig ar Rous --
Marharit Charles and her bandits --
Love and Leprosy: Iannik Kokard --
Janedig the witch --
The wax child --
The lead tower --
Cleric Laoudour and his sweetheart --
The murder of Lord Penanger --
The reprieve of Contrechapell --
Marivonnik abducted by English sailors --
Sea-changes: Catherin An Troadec --
Infanticide and penance: Mari Kelen --
The murdered servant girl --
The drowning of Toussaint de Kerguezec --
The execution of the Marquis de Pontcallec --
Loeiz Er Ravalleg murdered by his friends --
The twice-married woman --
The recruit: Garan Ar Briz --
The death of the Chouan Jean Jan --
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.


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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For anyone interested in the music of our nearest neighbours it is an essential addition to their bookshelf. * Simon Furey, Folk Music Journal * Miracles & Murders is almost the perfect book within Read more...

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