Author Archives: Anne O'Brien

How to Sell Your Wife …

How do you rid yourself of a wife who no longer pleases you? Sell her, of course.

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Death Omens: How Well Do You Know Them?

We might all lay claim to some superstitions to guard against bad luck, but an ingrained belief in death omens is another matter.

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Angels and Devils: The Legend of the Holy Mountain

The Skirrid Fawr Hill near Abergavenny in Wales is no ordinary hill, but a place of myth, legend, strong religious connection, and black deeds.

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Kissing under the Mistletoe? Not in Medieval Herefordshire

Mistletoe is the stuff of folklore. It is found in Norse, Greek and Roman mythology, a plant of power and magic.

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Restless Ghosts and Black Dogs: Was Black Vaughan Really as Evil as Rumour Tells?

According to local legend, after Black Vaughan's headless body was buried, he proved to be a restless spirit who wreaked havoc amongst the townsfolk.

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Gruesome Folk Healing: The Curious Cures for Warts and Wens

These remedies, many of them fairly gruesome to our ears, were recorded only 100 years ago by Mrs Ella Mary Leather at the beginning of the 20th century, from the towns and…

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