Who was Arthur? 7

Who was Arthur?
This is a companion piece to Arthur: King or Pawn on Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord: Variety is the Spice of Life   As we saw the more historians try to track down King Arthur, the more he slips through their fingers. ’On the Ruin and Conquest of Britain’ (De Excidio et Conquestu Britanniae), by the British monk ...

The Holly and the Oak King 17

The Holly and the Oak King
    This is a companion to The Dancing Floor on Glastonbury Tor featured on Sally Cronin’s stupendous Smorgasbord blog I am fortunate to have artist Jane Brideson’s  beautiful art work illustrating the post (full details below)   The myth of a young successor murdering the old king was discussed in Sir James Frazer’s scholarly ...

The Spear of Destiny 16

The Spear of Destiny
  John’s Gospel records during the crucifixion, a Roman centurion pierced Christ’s side with his spear causing blood and water to spill out of the wound. The centurion is unnamed, but tradition claims he was called Longinus. Early Christians believed he was the same centurion who saw the empty tomb after the resurrection and cried ...

Fantastic Beasts & where to… 3 13

Fantastic Beasts & where to… 3
Palug’s Cat The North Wales holiday island of Anglesey seems a funny place for an ABC to roam. ABC: Alien Big Cat. Not one that came down in a flying saucer; although believe me people claim to see all sorts. And it must be said, Anglesey does have a nuclear power plant so I suppose ...

Fevered Threads 14

Fevered Threads
Bess’ Tapestry (Andruss) As we saw women traditionally wove not only cloth, but also spells. This is how labour-intensive weaving was: In 2003 Dr Jacqi Wood recreated a collared hood beautifully preserved in a peat bog. A collared hood includes a yoke sitting over the the chest and upper back. Using early medieval technology, Dr ...
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