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Ballads of Chevy Chase

The ballads of Chevy Chase are two songs which tell the story of a large hunting party led by Percy, Earl of Northumberland. The hunting land (known as the 'chase') is located by the Cheviot Hills on the Anglo-Scottish border. Earl Douglas of Scotland had forbidden the hunt and interpreted it as an invasion by the English, resulting in a battle in which many were killed. It remains unknown if the ballads reflect actual historical events!

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Earl Percy Hunting in Chevy Chase. Illustration to the Ballad of Chevy Chase by F. Tayler.
- 19th century, F. Tayler. Public Domain image c/o Wikimedia Commons

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Chevy Chase - Copperplate illustration, 1790
- Frontispiece by W. Weir and I. Beugo (illustrator/engraver) from "A Select Collection of Favourite Scotish Ballads", 1790, printed in Perth by R. Morison, Junior, for R. Morison and Son, booksellers, …

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