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  • ‘Recruiting Citizens for Soldiers in Seventeenth-Century English Ballads’, Journal of Early Modern History, 15: 1-2 (2011), pp. 105-137

McShane, Angela, 2011, Journal Article, ‘Recruiting Citizens for Soldiers in Seventeenth-Century English Ballads’, Journal of Early Modern History, 15: 1-2 (2011), pp. 105-137 Journal of Early Modern History, 15 (1-2).

Abstract or Description:

This article revisits the “heroic and glamorous language” of recruitment and retention in seventeenth century England through an exploration of the market, medium and message of many hundreds of “military” ballads that were disseminated from London across the country, especially in times of war. These show that military volunteerism among the lower sorts was less surprising and more sophisticated than historians have previously imagined, which suggests the need to reconsider the question of military professionalism among ordinary rank and file soldiers. Furthermore, the common use of the love song as a vehicle for military messages, reveals how regular soldiering became a new vocation for the “lower sorts” in this transitional period for army development. This new “profession” not only marked a direct break from the older system of “estates” which put fighters at the top and workers at the bottom of society, it was negotiating its place within the social structures of household formation in early modern England.

Subjects: Other > Historical and Philosophical studies > V100 History by period > V140 Modern History > V142 Modern History 1600-1699
School or Centre: School of Humanities
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2011 16:26
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2011 14:09
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/423

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