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  • A fayre portion for a fayre mayd

    Broadside ballad

    ‘A Fayre Portion for a Fayre Mayd : OR, The thriftie Mayd of Worstersheere’ was printed in London, and is attributed to ...

  • Broadside ballad in 'Praise of Nothing'

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration

    This 17th-century ballad called ‘The Praise of Nothing’ takes on the paradoxical task of making something out of nothing...

  • Broadside ballad on the Cruel Shrew

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    The cruel ‘shrew’, as depicted in this ballad, was a sexist stereotype in 16th- and 17th-century England. At that time, ...

  • Broadside ballad on the Master Constable

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    This humorous 17th-century broadside ballad portrays the Master Constable as a self-important busy-body. He is exposed a...