Ballads and Performance: The Multimodal Stage in Early Modern England

"'Hear for your love, and buy for your money': Ballads and Theater as Experiential Commodities"

Some of these ballads are attempting to benefit from the popularity of the plays while in other cases the ballads precede the plays. Simone Chess examines the former in “Shakespeare’s Plays and Broadside Ballads.” In Cheap Print and Popular Piety 1550-1640, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991), Tessa Watt points out that Marlowe’s play appeared five years after the ballad version of Faustus. All three ballads pictured here are sung to the tune of “Fortune My Foe,” which I discuss later in this essay.

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