THE HORNE DANCE AT ABBOTS BROMLEY

Every September on Wakes Monday, which follows  Wakes Sunday, an unusual dance takes place in the small Staffordshire village of Abbots Bromley. A company of dancers bearing huge, ancient reindeer horns, accompanied by a Fool with a pig’s bladder, a Maid Marion who is a man in female dress, a Hobby  Horse, a Triangle Player,… Continue reading THE HORNE DANCE AT ABBOTS BROMLEY

The meaning of Michaelmas….

The following article is taken from this article by Ben Johnson: “Michaelmas, or the Feast of Michael and All Angels, is celebrated on 29th September. As it falls near the equinox, the day is associated with the beginning of autumn and the shortening of days; in England, it is one of the “quarter days”. There are… Continue reading The meaning of Michaelmas….

How to rile this Ricardian….!

ARGHHHHH!!!!! I was interested in this old 1999 article from a US newspaper…until I reached the penultimate paragraph, which contains the following observation: The report traces Arthurian traditions through exile in Wales to the return of “Pretanic power” with the victory of the Tudors, who won the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 under the future… Continue reading How to rile this Ricardian….!