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Wassail!

Having put my trusty almanack of folklore to one side for another few years, I have now started dipping into my User-Friendly Dictionary of Old English (Bill Griffiths, Heart of Albion Press) once more. It isn’t as dry as it … Continue reading

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Anglo-Saxon Calendar

We’ve been having some lovely weather where I live, but the mornings are noticeably chillier and some of the leaves are starting to turn. The Venerable Bede, who wrote a history of the English and from whom we get a … Continue reading

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Haligmonath

The year creeps towards autumn, and in the Anglo-Saxon Calendar the month of September was known as Haligmonað. The letter ‘g’, as I’ve learned from my trusty dictionary of Old English, could be pronounced as a ‘y’, which, along with … Continue reading

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Happy Eostre!

The month of April was known to the Saxons as Eostremonath and the linguistic link with modern Easter is pretty obvious. It is one of several instances of early Christians borrowing from the ‘old religion’, since what we know as … Continue reading

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