The Cailleach, which translates as ‘old woman’, ‘hag’, and ‘veiled one’, exists in both Irish and Scottish Gaelic, and is
The epic unfinished poem, The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser, published 1590-96, created a parallel of the medieval universe.
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The Folklore of Cornwall: The Oral Tradition of a Celtic Nation addresses everything from piskies – south west Britain’s fairies
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In Arthurian tradition the elusive sorceress Morgan le Fay becomes one of King Arthur’s most dangerous foes.
In 1078, William the Conqueror built a white tower on the north bank of the River Thames that would become
In the early 17th century, the celebrated London engraver William Hole created some of the strangest maps of Britain ever
he Headless Horseman captures the imagination like nothing else at Halloween. Regional American history and urban legend influences the interpretation
here is no name from the period of England's witch trials more infamous than that of Matthew Hopkins, the self-styled
Scottish lore contains some of the darkest and strangest figures in folkloric history: shape-shifters, blood-suckers, monsters without skin.
The tale of Tristan and Isolde became a popular Arthurian tale during the 12th century, though it is believed to
The Japanese raccoon dog or tanuki, a shape-shifting, hedonistic and jovial trickster, has always lived in the borderlands between human
Remy Dean explores the stories of Wild Kynaston; a medieval noble turned highwayman who may have inspired some of the
From King Arthur to Jack the Giant Killer, this county has an array of famous tales, but being a man
Beowulf is an anonymously written long poem originally written in Old English, the language commonly spoken in England in Anglo-Saxon
Historically, Elen of the Hosts was a real woman who lived in the 4th century, but in British legend and
Despite a great many people knowing that Norway is awash with folklore, many would be hard-pressed to name a Norwegian
Werewolves. The name alone conjures up nightmarish images from our current pop culture horror films starring this shapeshifting man-wolf.
The legendary Uther Pendragon was the father of Arthur Pendragon who was destined to become the greatest King of the
This is the story of the legendary Aurelius Ambrosius, a King of the Britons in the 5th century AD.
I asked my parents to tell me about folk beliefs in the Philippines. In the process, I learned some interesting
Vortigern was legendary 5th century King of the Britons featured in the work of early British writers such as Gildas,
According to British medieval legend and myth, the island now known as Britain was once named Albion after an exiled
According to legend, Gogmagog was the last survivor of a mythical race of giants that ruled the island of Albion
Brutus of Troy was a legendary Trojan exile who some medieval chroniclers claimed was responsible for the founding of Britain.
The Dream of Macsen Wledig from the Mabinogion tells the story of how the Emperor of Rome experienced a dream
The saga of Pele's youngest sister Hiiaka is a heroic quest across the Hawaiian archipelago. It conveys a perspective of women
Smuggling. The word has been entwined with romantic delusions and depictions for many years. However, in reality this could not