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History and Folklore Podcast

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. 


Asala, J., Celtic Folklore Cooking (1998).

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...

Jul 21, 2020

What are house spirits? How do you get one, how do you look after it and why does nobody seem to have one anymore? Find out in this episode of the History and Folklore Podcast.


Aveela, Ronesa, 'A Study of Household Spirits of Eastern Europe' (2018).

The Fearie Folk Podcast: The Helpful Hob and the...

May 13, 2020

Big Al at the Winchester says wolves can't look backwards.

Discover other strange medieval folk beliefs and attitudes towards wolves based on folk tales, fables and medieval bestiaries.