Top pop from seventeenth-century England. Broadside ballads were single-sheet songs that sold for a penny a piece. This website concentrates on over 100 resoundingly successful examples that you can investigate through recordings, images and a wealth of other materials. Whether you are interested in music, art, love, gender, tragedy, politics, family life, crime, history, humour or death, you will find something to engage you here. See also User’s Guide.

Couple With Leafy Fan   Pepys Library, Magdalene College, Cambridge University   Bodleian Library, Oxford University  

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28 A most excellent Song of the love of young Palmus, and faire Sheldra, with their unfortunate love [Pepys 1.350-51]
49 A constant Wife, a kinde Wife,/ A loving Wife, and a fine Wife [Pepys 1.390-91]
107 A good Wife, or none [Roxburghe 1.140-41]
113 A New little Northren Song called,/ Under and over, over and under [Pepys 1.264-65]