The Bloody Battle at Billingsgate 'The Orange – Hit and Miss'

The Bloody Battle at Billingsgate 'The Orange – Hit and Miss'

composer
circa 1665; a scolding bout between two young Fish-Women, Doll and Kate
editor
author of text

 
This is an example of flyting—a form of (usually good-natured) verbal banter common among the fishwives of London’s Billingsgate Market: ‘When they have done their faire, they meet in mirth, singing and dancing, and in the middle they use scolding and end not till their money or wit be cleane spent out’ (Donald Lupton, 1622). These railing matches were evidently something of a spectacle, with onlookers even awarding a prize for the ‘victor’. The tune called for on the Pepys broadsheet (and used here) is ‘The Orange’. Also known as ‘With a Fading’, it was associated with Jigs, drolls and clowning. We have combined it with another tune, ‘Hit and Miss’.

Characters
Kate and Doll, two fishwives
Onlooker/narrator

from notes by Lucie Skeaping © 2009

Recordings

The English Stage Jig
CDA67754

Details

Track 15 on CDA67754 [6'10]

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