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Miracles and Murders: An Introductory Anthology of Breton Ballads

Mary-Ann Constantine and Éva Guillorel


This book offers an introduction 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 (shipwrecks, abductions, accidents and murders) or legends (miraculous rescues, penitent souls, strange journeys). Two of the foremost scholars in the field present a selection of thirty-five ballads in the original Breton with English translations and musical notation. An accompanying CD showcases some of the ... More

Keywords: ballads, Brittany, popular culture, Celtic literature, oral history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780197266199
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266199.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary-Ann Constantine, author
Reader in Welsh and English Literature, University of Aberystwyth

Éva Guillorel, author
Associate Professor in Early Modern History, University of Caen, Normandy