minstrel: Music question

Martin Hungerford jongleur at netcon.net.au
Sat Jul 19 21:28:15 PDT 1997

>Subject:     Re[2]: minstrel: Music question
>Sent:        19/7/97 3:49 am
>Received:    19/7/97 2:37 pm
>From:        Katherine Penney, Katherine_Penney at ccm.jf.intel.com
>To:          minstrel at pbm.com
>On Fri, 18 Jul 1997, Rex Deaver wrote:
>> About a mile away, The Bretons started hearing their enemies singing "a
>> national song".  They fell silent, astounded, as the music was well known 
>> them.  Soon they began singing back the refrain.  It was the Scots turn to
>> fall silent.
>     and Tangwystl wrote:
>Frankly, it sounds like a "friend of a friend" legend to me -- sort of 
>like the stories about explorers running across tribes in northern Africa 
>that spoke Welsh (always at third-hand report).
>To which Constance adds:
>y'know, it sounds so much like the WWII story (and forgive me, my 20th 
>century history is much worse than my medieval history...) about the 
>Americans and the Germans at the ?Battle of the Bulge? on Christmas 
>eve...didn't one hear the other singing Silent Night and commence to put 
>down their arms and gather together..? :)

There is a very similar story about WWI Xmass eve, 1914 between Germans 
and English.

p.s. family version of which states that my great grand dad met his 
barber. The barber was German and had gone home for the August Bank 
Holiday. All of which reeks of urban mythology!

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