05 August 2017
Guess the song competition!
Here at the British Library we are dedicated to coming up with silly entertaining highly educational competitions to entertain our readers, and today is no different! The rules are simple: can you guess the song from the images below?
The following manuscript illuminations make up the lyrics to a classic song, and we want you to get on your thinking caps (and dancing shoes) to guess the artist and song title. Answers via Twitter please or through the comments page below this post. We’ll retweet and publish correct (or the most amusing) answers.
Update: thank you to everyone who took part: the answers are below (no peaking).
Image 1, from John Lydgate’s Troy Book and Siege of Thebes, 1457–c. 1530, Royal MS 18 D II, f. 30v
Image 2, from the Coldingham Breviary, c. 1270-1280, Harley MS 4664, f. 125v
Image 3, from the Chroniques of Jean Froissart (the ‘Harley Froissart’), c. 1470–1472, Harley MS 4380, f. 1r
Image 4, from a devotional miscellany, first half of the 14th century, Egerton MS 745, f. 68v
Did you have fun figuring out the answer to our guess-the-song competition? Find the solution below, well done everyone for taking part and stay tuned to our Blog for more quizzes!
Image 1 Lyric: That big wheel keep on turning
Image 2 Lyric: Proud Mary
Image 3 Lyric: Keep on burning
Image 4 Lyric: Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river
Song and Artist: Proud Mary, by Creedence Clearwater Revival / Ike & Tina Turner
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