Horgan analyses the importance of songs in British eighteenth-century culture with specific reference to their political meaning. Using an interdisciplinary methodology, combining the perspectives of literary studies and cultural history, the utilitarian power of songs emerges across four major case studies.
1. The Heart of the Lion: The 'Princely Song' and the Transmission of Richard 2. The Psalms that Bind: 'Sternhold and Hopkins', the 'Old Hundredth' and the Ballad 3. Songs as Phillippics: The 'Harmodium Melos' and the 'Io Paean' of Revolution 4. Songs and Pikes in Sheffield: The Trial of James Montgomery