Singing the News of Death

Execution Ballads in Europe 1500-1900

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«In her remarkably wide-ranging, rich, and engaging survey, McIlvenna documents the extraordinary appetite for songs about capital crime and executions across Western Europe over four centuries. McIlvennas approach opens a new and important avenue for more comparative cultural work that tracks popular print culture across state, language, and social boundaries. A must-read for scholars and students of the ballad, and attractive for students interested in the development of horror as a genre, it is also an important resource for scholars working on the psychology of crime.»

Dr. Angela McShane, University of Warwick

«With extraordinary erudition, Una McIlvenna provides an original, ambitious, and fascinating investigation into a now-vanished genre of print—the execution ballad. She most impressively crosses five languages and four centuries to explore how people throughout Western Europe vicariously inhabited the condemned's last words as supposedly sung from the scaffold. Essential reading for anyone interested in the history of 'true' crime, public execution, and popular song.»

Patricia Fumerton, Distinguished Professor of English, University of California, Santa Barbara

«A challenging comparative study presenting a broad view of execution ballads throughout Europe. A vividly illustrated analysis in which music, pictures and texts in multiple languages bring life to five centuries of crimes and punishments through songs.»

Éva Guillorel, Université Rennes 2, Institut universitaire de France

«The execution ballad was a distinctive sub-genre of cheap publishing from the first century of print to the nineteenth century, and in this definitive and wide-ranging study, Una McIlvenna does full justice to its musical subtlety, emotional appeal and moral purpose. This is a fantastic book, wide-ranging and authoritative, a landmark in the history of European print culture and balladeering.»

Andrew Pettegree, University of St Andrews
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
List of Illustrations
List of Music Examples
Introduction

Part I: Selling the news of death
Chapter One: The significance of contrafactum or, how melody made meaning
Chapter Two: The centrality of shame in the punishment ritual
Chapter Three: Fake news? How execution ballads walked the line between truth and fiction

Part II: Crimes that Feature in Execution Ballads
Chapter Four: The Devil's business: religion, witchcraft, sorcery, possession
Chapter Five: How ballads portrayed murder and violence
Chapter Six: Political executions in song
Chapter Seven: Outlaw ballads: fantasy vs reality
Chapter Eight: The end of execution ballads?
Coda: Songs about the executioner

Conclusion
Bibliography
Index