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History and Folklore Podcast

Aug 19, 2021

This month's episode is all about oak trees. There are tales of black doves and thunder gods, superstitions to protect you from aging and lightning and an exploration into how oak trees can help give us a sense of belonging.  

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Jul 18, 2021

In this episode we will be looking at the history, folklore and mythology surrounding spinning and weaving.

Hear about Valkyries weaving bloody tapestries, how the sun is linked to spinning , why it is advisable to rest sometimes and what terrible things may befall you if you don't.




Christopher Dyer,...

Jun 13, 2021

For thousands of years people have watched the Aurora Borealis with awe, fear and wonder and told stories to explain what created them. 

In this episode we look into the tales of whales and frozen swans, fires and lamps, valkyries and the spirits of the dead to see how people in the past understood the...

May 12, 2021

Maps from Medieval Europe are littered with strange lands, monsters and mythical races. On them you can find the Tower of Babel, the Minotaur's Labyrinth, unicorns and men with the heads of dogs. Find out what these maps can tell us about how medieval European's saw the world in the latest episode of the History...

Apr 12, 2021

Learn about the mysterious subterranean world of the mines. Why are birds bad luck? What should you do when you forget your lunch?

And what is that mysterious knocking noise? 


Anastasia Bogdonova, 'The Strange Rituals and Superstitions of Russian Miners'