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The Lords Appellant Part 1: A Great and Continual council

  Although the word appellant in modern terms refers to a petitioner appealing to a higher court, when we look at the fourteenth century the whole concept takes a left turn. First of all, you always see the words Lords … Continue reading

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Common Myths of the Wars of the Roses or All you thought you knew about the Wars of the Roses, but didn’t… Episode 2  

Two months ago we examined some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding Henry VI and the Wars of the Roses; we continue the series by looking at the man known as the Kingmaker.

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The Kings of England Who Never Were

  In the story of English history, across the centuries, there are first-born sons destined to be Kings of England who never were. It is widely held that when it came to inheritance the unwritten ‘rule’ was, heir and spare … Continue reading

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The Legend of the White Snake: A Chinese Mélusine Story

  A husband ‘accidentally’ glimpses into his wife’s bedchamber only to discover that the lady whom he believed to be fair, noble, and undoubtedly human – is in fact a (partial) snake. This unfortunate discovery, though hushed for a short … Continue reading

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The History of the Werewolf Legend

  Werewolves, also known as lycanthropes, are legendary shape-shifting humans. As the name suggests, the shape these creatures take on is that of a wolf. The history of the werewolf legend has sprung up independently or spread to virtually every … Continue reading

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The Original ‘Nightmare’ Was a Demon That Sat on Your Chest and Suffocated You

Maere, mara, mahr, mahrt, mårt—by any name, it was and still is a terrifying visitor. The Nightmare, Henry Fuseli, 1781. JOHN HENRY FUSELI NIGHTMARES, AS WE USE THE word today, are vivid, personal terrors whipped up by a person’s subconscious just … Continue reading

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When Tomatoes Were Blamed For Witchcraft and Werewolves

People have feared tomatoes for 600 years. An illustration of tomatoes from an 1893 catalogue of seeds. BIODIVERSITY HERITAGE LIBRARY/CC BY 2.0 NO OTHER VEGETABLE HAS BEEN as maligned as the tomato (and it is a vegetable, by order of … Continue reading

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