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Miscellany

Sir Terry Pratchett in conversation with Dr Jacqueline Simpson in 2010

Podcasts Recorded at the Annual Discworld Convention, August 2010, by Routledge representatives. Routledge publishes Folklore, the official journal of The Folklore Society. Suggested Further Reading If you’re interested in finding out more about some of the topics discussed in the podcast, why not take a look at some suggested further reading from Folklore? All articles...

A Postcard to Commemorate George Washington’s Birthday

Among the Archives and Collections of the Folklore Society is a large postcard album given by Mrs Barbara Aitken (née Freire-Marreco) who was an active member of the Society at the beginning of the twentieth century. One of her main interests was American culture and this album contains postcards of Native American subjects, especially the...

Christmas

For the first three centuries of Christianity, there was no liturgical feast specifically celebrating the physical birth of Jesus Christ. On 6 January, however, the Eastern Church centred on Constantinople celebrated the Epiphany (i.e. ‘manifestation’ or ‘revelation’) of Christ’s divine nature by the supernatural events at his baptism, and at some point they added a...

Tarasque

Throughout Provence, the most southerly part of France, there was a strong medieval tradition that the region was converted to Christianity soon after the death of Jesus, not by one of the apostles but by his personal friends – the family from Bethany, consisting of Mary Magdalene, Martha, and their brother Lazarus, together with two...

The Pearly Festival

In her autobiography Round About Three Palace Green, written when its author was fifty years of age, Estella Canziani referred to her extensive interests and experiences:- ‘One day I might be talking to a real crowned king or queen, and the next to a pearly king or to a queen crowned with feathers in an English...

Valentines

The story of St Valentine’s Day begins with some unknown medieval birdwatchers, probably in France rather than England, who reckoned that birds begin mating in mid-February, and decided to give this a precise date: 14 February. (They may have followed some folk tradition – in Slovenia this is still said to be the first day...