Broadside Ballads Online

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Imprint Names:

Imprint Locations:

    between 1711 and 1732


Printed by T. Norris, at the Looking-glass on London-bridge


Ballad - Roud Number: 3853

Title: Lady Isabella's tragedy; or, The step-mother's cruelty

First Line: There was a lord of worthy fame

Tune: The lady's fall


ESTC: R233292

Themes:  CannibalismMurder


IconClass Codes:
41C21: Kitchen
41C4: (family) meal
41C2621: Cutting meat
31E234632: Violent death by dagger, knife
44G5111: Murder
31E23121: Violent death by burning at the stake; pyre
41C9: Cannibalism
41C221: Cook
31E231221: Violent death by boiling


Shelfmark: Douce Ballads 2(142b)

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