The Remains of Elmet: a collaboration by Ted Hughes & Fay Godwin

The Ancient Kingdom of Elmet witnessed "Druidism; Britons, their fight against Rome and their adoption of Romanism; the start of Christianity and the clash with Rome's catholic Christianity; a Bardic tradition in a Brythonic tongue and then in the highest quality Latin, the struggle against the English; the struggle against the Norse; the coming of … Continue reading The Remains of Elmet: a collaboration by Ted Hughes & Fay Godwin

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William Stukeley’s 1740 book on Stonehenge online 

Harvard University Library hosts a digitised copy of William Stukeley’s 1740 book, Stonehenge, a temple restor’d to the British Druids. Printed in London in 1740 the book includes more than 30 illustrations showing how Stonehenge appeared when Stukeley visited it in the early 18th century, along with his theories concerning the monument’s origins and use. Image: Prospect of STONEHENGE from the southwest from William … Continue reading William Stukeley’s 1740 book on Stonehenge online 

The lost children of Hamelin | Maria J. Pérez Cuervo

“In the year of 1284, on the day of Saints John and Paul, the 26th of June, 130 child­ren born in Hamelin were seduced by a piper, dressed in all kinds of colours, and lost at the calvary near the koppen.” The town of Hamelin hasn’t forgotten this loss. The street where, supposedly, the children … Continue reading The lost children of Hamelin | Maria J. Pérez Cuervo

Chirologia, or The Natural Language of the Hand (1644) | The Public Domain Review

Is gesture a universal language? When lost for words, we point, wave, motion and otherwise use our hands to attempt to indicate meaning. However, much of this form of communication is intuitive and is not generally seen to be, by itself, an effective substitution for speech. John Bulwer (1606 – 1656), an English doctor and … Continue reading Chirologia, or The Natural Language of the Hand (1644) | The Public Domain Review

The Cave Dwellers of Tinker’s Cave

  The cave is down a steep and rocky climb on the east side of the island, which had a pre clearance population of close to 200, and is also known by its Gaelic name of “Uamh na gaisgeach”, translated as the “cave of the famous warrior.” It was used for Sunday services right up … Continue reading The Cave Dwellers of Tinker’s Cave

Emperor Julian – To Apollo and The Sun

The Sun's resplendent deity I sing, The beauteous offspring of almighty Jove, Who, thro' the vivifying solar fount Within his fabricative mind conceal'd, A triad form'd of splendid solar gods; From whence the world's all-various forms emerg'd From mystic darkness into beauteous light, Perfect, and full of intellectual goods. Hail! Supermundane king of light divine, … Continue reading Emperor Julian – To Apollo and The Sun

Wyld’s Great Globe in Leicester Square

Wyld’s Great Globe (also known as Wyld’s Globe or Wyld’s Monster Globe) was an attraction situated in London’s Leicester Square between 1851 and 1862, constructed by James Wyld (1812–1887), a distinguished mapmaker and former Member of Parliament for Bodmin. At the centre of a purpose-built hall was a giant globe, 60 feet 4 inches (18.39 m) in diameter. … Continue reading Wyld’s Great Globe in Leicester Square

Dafydd Ap Gwilym – The Nightingale of Dyfed

My lifeless fine leader, Deira's pursuer (the cascade of tears is ceaseless), my advocate, why did you leave me, my gold-giving friend, my mute stag? ~from Elegy for Llywelyn ap Gwilym, by Dafydd ap Gwilym Dafydd ap Gwilym was described by his fellow-poet Madog Benfras as Eos Dyfed, "the nightingale of Dyfed". Dafydd was born … Continue reading Dafydd Ap Gwilym – The Nightingale of Dyfed

Echoes of Gilgamesh in the Jacob Story

Echoes of Gilgamesh in the Jacob Story  - Esther J. Hamori Excerpt: "It was popular for some time to seek apparent Near Eastern parallels to bibli-cal narratives. The methodology employed was at times problematic, and conclusions were often overstated, as similarities between texts explicable in any number of ways were attributed to direct relationship. For … Continue reading Echoes of Gilgamesh in the Jacob Story

The Virga Aurea – Seventy-two magical and other related alphabets.

"In order to bring all this mass of material together, Hepburn must have had a wide range of source material to study, and it seems most likely that this material was available in the Vatican Library itself. As to what Hepburn's motives were for publishing such a collection of alphabets, we can only speculate. He … Continue reading The Virga Aurea – Seventy-two magical and other related alphabets.