minstrel: The Bard

mn13189 at WCUVAX1.WCU.EDU mn13189 at WCUVAX1.WCU.EDU
Fri May 2 09:24:28 PDT 1997

I just had an interesting thought...
Since we have more or les established on this list that by the time the
word "bard" made its way into the English language in the 14th/15th
centuries from Gaelic, it had taken on derogotory connotations.  So what I
was wondering was this. . .
Was Shakespeare referred to in his own time as "The Bard," or is this a
title that literary minded people gave to him later?

           "I brought ye to the ring.  Now dance best ye can."
    ------------------------<mn13189 at wcu.edu>-------------------------
   Matthew Allen Newsome            |	    Lard Eogan Og Mac Labruinn
   intern consultant/curator	    |       Altantian Royal Bard
   Scottish Tartan Museum           |	    Chronicler, MSoB
   & Heritage Center	    	    |	    (Militant Society of Bards)
   http://intertekweb.com/tartans/  |	    Clan Og, SCA
   <tartans at dnet.net>               |       "IT'S ONLY A GAME!"
    --------------------"Bring Forrit The Tartan"---------------------

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