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The literary life of EDWARD JAMES, author,reviewer, occasional poet and former pension adviser to the government of Kyrgyzstan

Fiddlesticks

Did they have fiddles (the musical instruments that is) in Tudor times and if so could a ship’s boy have owned one?  I asked myself this because the teenage hero of my novel The Frozen Dream takes his fiddle on board ship with him and performs with it frequently.  Well I’m happy to say the answer is Yes, because I saw a Tudor fiddle that had been found in the wreck of the Mary Rose when  I visited the Museum at Portsmouth.  And it is the sort of crude instrument that a penniless ship’s boy could have owned. So here is a picture of it.

It could be played between the knees, at the hip or at the shoulder and they varied greatly in size in size.  They weren’t much different to a viol.IMG_0928

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