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The Devil Visits Wales

On 24th June 1815, the Lancaster Gazetteer reported a warning to those who might fancy the odd bit of sport on a Sunday...A MONITORY NOTICE,On a Stone, placed in the Church-yard of Llanfair, in Wales.Who Ever hear on son dayWill practise playing At Ball.it...

Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom

It has largely been accepted that the story of Lady Godiva riding through the streets of Coventry was a myth. The legend dates back to around the 13th century when she was reputed to have ridden around Coventry naked, with just her long blonde hair covering...
From: All Things Georgian on 9 Jun 2021

The Magiconomy of Early Modern England

New blogpost written for the Forms of Labour Project examining evidence from county quarter sessions court depositions of magic as a service industry. Featuring magical work activities, divination down-payments, and a wizard named Blind Burnie. via...
From: Ludicrus Histories on 5 Nov 2020

The Pudding Pinching Heifer Heisters

New blogpost written for the Forms of Labour Project exploring everyday life and work in early modern England through the depositions of a Lancashire quarter sessions court case. Featuring an industrious duck-wife, a vision-granting witch, gossiping stonemen,...
From: Ludicrus Histories on 10 Jul 2020

Lack of Foresight – Fortune Telling

We have previously written about fortune telling, a matter which was very popular during the Georgian era, so today we have a couple of short stories to share with you on the subject. In April 1801 John Rowe was indicted for defrauding Sarah Hall of the...
From: All Things Georgian on 19 Nov 2019

Halloween Special: Shaving the Dead in Irish Folklore

Shaving the dead in Irish folklore The Irish Folklore Collection archive in University College Dublin contains a massive volume of documents, sound-recordings and other material collected under the auspices of the Irish Folklore Commission and other bodies...
From: DrAlun on 31 Oct 2019

May-Dew’s Medicinal Uses: An Early Modern Top Ten List

I suppose that he who would gather the best May-Deaw, for Medicine, should gather it from the Hills. Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum (1626) Yesterday, I climbed Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh at daybreak to gather May-Dew – an old tradition...
From: Ludicrus Histories on 2 May 2019

Practical Piety: A History of Easter Finery

Oh, I could write a sonnet about your Easter bonnet… Irving Berlin, Easter Parade (1933) Built around Irving Berlin’s song of the same name, the classic musical Easter Parade begins and ends with the famed titular event, as the who’s...
From: Ludicrus Histories on 29 Apr 2019

One a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns!

Easter just wouldn’t be Easter without hot cross buns. These sweet, spiced buns were also popular throughout the Georgian era, known both as cross buns as well as hot cross buns, and traditionally eaten on Good Friday. The well-known song relating...
From: All Things Georgian on 18 Apr 2019

Throwing at cocks and other pastimes: Shrove Tuesday in the Georgian Era

The person, Sir, who I informed you had last year swallowed a fork on Shrove Tuesday, discharged it by the anus the same year, (1715) on the 25th June. Ahem! Now we’ve got your attention, today being Shrove Tuesday, we’re taking a look at...
From: All Things Georgian on 5 Mar 2019

The Evans Brothers and the ‘Cardigan Cancer Cure’.

It’s the start of a new year, and the start of what I hope will be a sustained revival for my blog. 2018 was a bit of a busy year, one which saw me writing and researching for my project on the history of facial hair, busy with lots of fab and fun...
From: DrAlun on 3 Jan 2019

Conjugal bliss and a flitch of bacon

An old custom, practised in Dunmow in Essex, entailed the award of a flitch (or side) of bacon (essentially half a pig, cut sideways) to any couple who had been married for at least a year and a day and who could prove that they had never had a cross...
From: All Things Georgian on 19 Jul 2018

‘Darkey Kelly’, Brothel Keeper of Dublin

Dorcas Kelly aka Stuart, aka ‘Darkey Kelly’ was a brothel keeper and reputed witch in Dublin in the late 1750s but found notoriety on 7th January 1761 when she was partially hanged then burned at the stake, for allegedly murdering shoemaker,...
From: All Things Georgian on 15 Feb 2018

The Truth about the Eccentric Jane Lewson who died aged 116

Where do we begin with this story? Let’s begin with the accounts of Jane’s life as repeatedly recorded ad nauseum since her death in 1816 and which has entered into folklore … after all, why let the facts get in the way of a good story!...
From: All Things Georgian on 8 Feb 2018

Review: Folk Songs in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America

David Atkinson & Steve Roud (eds.) Street Ballads in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Ireland, and North America: The Interface between Print and Oral Traditions (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2014), i-xi, 290pp. £70 (hb) ISBN 978-1-4724-2741-0. The study...

The White Cockade: a Jacobite tale

O he’s a ranting, roving lad, He is a brisk an’ a bonny lad, Betide what may, I will be wed, And follow the boy wi’ the White Cockade. (The White Cockade, Robert Burns) Image sourced via Pinterest.In 1745, Joseph D’Acre of Kirklinton...
From: All Things Georgian on 1 Feb 2018

Pope Night in Salem

The colonial American equivalent of Bonfire Night, which has been celebrated in Britain ever since the foiling of Guy Fawkes’ and his fellow Catholic conspirators’ attempt to blow up King James I and Parliament on November 5, 1605, seems to...
From: streets of salem on 5 Nov 2017

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