[Sca-cooks] brown ale

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Sun Jun 7 09:05:39 PDT 2009

Wikipedia says:
"*The Roast Beef of Old England*" is an English 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England> patriotic ballad. It was written 
by Henry Fielding <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Fielding> for his 
play /The Grub-Street Opera 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grub-Street_Opera>/, which was first 
performed in 1731. The lyrics were added to over the next twenty years.

Hieatt has an article on the subject-- ** "The Roast, or Boiled, Beef of 
Old England." Btwk Forum 5 [1980]: 294-99).
It's one of those articles that gets cited, but almost no one in the SCA 
has a copy at hand.


Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius wrote:
> On Jun 7, 2009, at 11:29 AM, devra at aol.com wrote:  I keep on thinking 
> of the Robin Hood and other ballads where they seem to refer to 'nut 
> brown ale'. But of course those were recorded somewhat later....

> Yes. It may be a little like the Old England of "The Roast Beef of Old 
> England" being 1825 or so...
> Yes, it's old. No argument there. However...
> Now you've made me want to look really closely at the ballad, "The 
> Nut-Brown Maid"... you don't suppose it could be a drinking song, huh?
> Adamantius
> ________________

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