Week 46

The Heart book

The Heart book which contains a collection of ballads, written down c. 1553-55 by the noblemen and court official Albert Mus. The dating of the ballads is an issue of scholarly dispute, since the earliest ballads most often are only known from copies made in the mid-1500s or later. The oldest collections were usually, like this one, produced at court or by the nobility. Shown here is the end of the ballad of Herr Mortens Klosterrov with a sententious addition made in 1553 by another courtier, Mogens Pedersen (Galt): Kærlighed lang skilsmisse fordriver - Love survives long separation.
Manuscript Department, Thott 1510, kvarto. More about the manuscript.