Apples were for centuries the fruit that most people would have had most often. From acerbic and sharp cooking apples to rosy red ones that crunch and release floods juice there was an apple for every palate.
A story of love, betrayal and impending war became entwined with upheavals that affect the discipline of folklore to this day.
Many classical sculptures today have lost their penises to time and prudery but the ancient world was awash with explicit graphic imagery.
Sending mean cards? Eating mashed earthworms? Using jack o’lanterns to light medieval love banquets? They’re all surprising yet vaguely sinister ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Wife selling is often claimed to be an ancient practice, carried out by brutish men to free themselves of unwanted wives, but the truth is far more varied and fascinating.