The origin of this
instrument is uncertain and very few have survived. Descriptions of the
rote vary from a lyre to a lute and a harp to the hurdy-gurdy.
Descriptions of the method of playing the rote varied from being played
on the shoulder like a violin, between the knees like a cello, or held
vertically against the chest, supported with a strap around the player's
neck. The Medieval author
mentioned the name of the instrument in the following quote:
"Well could he sing and
play on a rote."
Family of Instruments: The
Rote belongs to the family of