Gnomes trace their origins back through alchemical theory to Greek and Roman mythology.
The story of William of Cloudesly is found in a 16th century ballad, Adam Bell, Clym of the Cloughe and
alking deep into a mine, when the last gleam of sunlight is eclipsed by the next turn, reveals the overwhelming
In a daring act, facing frightful peril, Mark Twain exploited a legend to launch his onstage comic career. With his
The Swansea Devil is a three-foot tall “cursed” sculpture which is said to have been responsible for destroying a church.
Wild Edric was an Anglo-Saxon earl from Shropshire who was also known as Eadric Salvage, Eadric Silvaticus and Eadric the
King Leir and his youngest daughter, Queen Cordelia, were legendary rulers of the the Britons. Their story appeared in
In the middle years of the 12th century, two green-skinned children mysteriously appeared in a field in Suffolk. But who
A griffin is a legendary beast believed to be the offspring of a lion and an eagle, depicted in various
A story of love, betrayal and impending war became entwined with upheavals that affect the discipline of folklore to this
Spring is the herald of new life, and throughout the animal world, spring is a time to forecast the weather
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.
For centuries, stories from Irish myth and legend have ignited imaginations all over the world. Today, mysterious records of seemingly-impossible
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, is a fourteenth century poetic masterpiece. No mere Arthurian romance, it is a work
The Folklore of Cornwall: The Oral Tradition of a Celtic Nation addresses everything from piskies – south west Britain’s fairies
Through myth, fairy tale and legend, powerful women are depicted as dark, cruel and calculating, and they are often naturally
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