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History and Folklore Podcast


May 27, 2020

Discover the folklore behind hawthorn trees in early medieval Europe. 

How are hawthorns connected to the dead?

Why is it dangerous to bring them inside?

Can I say thrimethylamine? (no). 


I had a bit of an issue with the sound at the end of this episode - sorry! I will do my best to get it sorted for the next episode.

Sources used:

Baker, M., Discovering the Folklore of Plants (2019).

Carey, F., The Tree: Meaning and Muth (2012).

Castleman, M., The New healing Herbs (2009).

Eberly, S., A Thorn Among the Lilies: The Hawthorn in Medieval Love Allegory, Folklore (1989)

Roud, S. A Pocket Guide to Superstitions of the British Isles (2005).

Schneidu, L., Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland (2019).

Stocke, L., The Two Mayings in Chaucer's 'The Knight's Tale': Convention and Invention, The Journal of English and Germanic Philology (1986).Struthers, J. Red Sky at Night: The Book of Lost Countryside Wisdom (2009).

Watts, D.C., Dictionary of Plant Lore (2007).