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History and Folklore Podcast

Jan 27, 2022

Churchyard grims, stacked graves and Judgement Day. How did English graveyards changed in England between the medieval and Victorian eras?  



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Nov 28, 2021

This month we look into the history of alchemy and the worldview and aims of early alchemists. 

Find out how metal gets married, why poisons are good and how humans reflect the entire universe. 



‘From a man and a woman make a circle, then a square, then a triangle, finally a circle, and you will obtain...

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...

Aug 19, 2020

The history, stories and folklore of seaweed in the British Isles. 

Apologies for the sound quality at the end. I recorded the last few points on a separate day and had a cold. 


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Bane, T., Encyclopedia of Vampire Mythology (2010).

Daniels, C.L. and Stevens, C.M.,...

Aug 4, 2020

In this episode we will be looking at the changing perceptions of colour in medieval England.

What significance did colour have in the middle ages? Did they see colour in the same way as we do today and what evidence can we use to find out? 


Sources used in this episode:

Barley, N. F., 'Old English Colour...