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Peter Bull is a period musician based in Yorkshire, UK

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The gittern dates back to the early Middle Ages. It was made of one piece of wood, strung with gut, and plucked with a quill. This instrument is based one of the very few surviving original examples, made in around 1450 by Hans Ott in Nuremberg (Germany). In The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer describes how the parish clerk Absalom serenaded a woman outside her window on his gittern, which he also used to play in taverns.