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Welsh Ballads of the French Revolution


Welsh Ballads of the French Revolution is a collection of ballads composed in reaction to the momentous events of the French Revolution and the two decades of war that followed. Ballad writers first responded in 1793, when the French monarchs were executed and France declared war upon Britain, but as the decade proceeded, sang in thanks for the victory of British forces and to the extensive mobilization of militia and volunteer forces. This volume, complete with parallel English translations of the original Welsh texts and copious contextualizing notes, introduces readers to this telling corpus for the first time and to a host of little-known authors.

486 pages | 4 halftones, 9 musical examples | 6 x 9 | © 2012

Wales and the French Revolution

History: European History

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Abbreviations

Texts and Translations
Editorial Principles
1793: Ballads 1-5
1794: Ballads 6-10
1795: Ballad 11
1797: Ballads 12-23
1800: Ballad 24
1804: Ballad 25
1805: Ballads 26 and 27
1807?: Ballad 28
1810: Ballads 29 and 30
1811: Ballads 31 and 32
1812: Ballad 33
1815: Ballads 34-36
Undated: Ballads 37 and 38

Notes to the Texts
Appendix: the Ballad Tunes 
    i. ’Belisle March’ (words: Ballad 4)
    ii. ’Gwêl yr Adeilad’ (words: Ballad 7)
    iii. ’King George’s Delight’ (words: Ballad 8)
    iv. ’Tempest of War’ (words: Ballad 11)
    v. ’Duw Gadwo’r Brenin’ (words: Ballad 17)
    vi. ’Y Dôn Fechan’ (words: Ballad 32)
    vii. ’Mentra Gwen’ (words: Ballad 34)
    viii. ’Ymadawiad y Brenin’ (words: Ballad 35)
    ix. ’Trymder’ (words: Ballad 37)
Select Bibliography
Notes to the Indexes
Index to the Ballads
General Index

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