||The Cittern is an instrument of the renaissance.
It was played throughout europe. Especially in England it was a very common instrument for song accompainment. In every tavern it belonged to the inventory and also the barbiere had always a cittern in their shop, so that the customers could play and sing along to shorten the waiting time with music.
This instrument is strung with steel strings.
The historically costumed singer on the picture is by the way identical with the autor of these lines and the producer of the Early Patches library.