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Miracles and MurdersAn Introductory Anthology of Breton Ballads$
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Mary-Ann Constantine and Éva Guillorel

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266199

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266199.001.0001

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The Ballads

The Ballads

(p.35) The Ballads
Miracles and Murders

Mary-Ann Constantine

Éva Guillorel

British Academy

This section comprises a selection of thirty-five Breton ballads, presented in the original Breton with English translations. Each ballad text is followed by a short analysis giving, where possible, information on its provenance and exploring the literary and historical context of the events it describes. Reference is also made to other versions and occasionally to international parallels. The material covers a wide range of topics, from shipwrecks and murders to penitential journeys, the plague, scenes from war and encounters in love. It draws on themes from the European medieval literary tradition, the literature of other Celtic-speaking countries, and events from Breton history, particularly from the turbulent early modern period.

Keywords:   ballads, Brittany, oral history, Celtic literature

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