The Danish Ballad Tradition 1550-1700

Dansk Folkevisekultur 1550-1700 ('The Danish Ballad Tradition 1550-1700') was the title of an interdisciplinary research project conducted by University of Copenhagen, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics in the period 1993-1998.

The aim of the project was to acquire new knowledge of the Danish ballads from the mediaeval times.

The ballads were collected and written down in 49 noble ballad books in the period from 1550 to 1700. The tradition has been studied by literary scholars, historians, philologists, and folklorists from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, the United States, and Australia.

The project was managed by professor dr.phil. Hanne Ruus and the Danish Research Council for the Humanities sponsored the project with a general grant. The research findings appear in the publication Svøbt i mår published by C.A. Reitzels Forlag. Svøbt i mår comes in four volumes.