May Day in the Middle Ages

May Day is one of those holidays that seems medieval, even ancient; the customs of flowers and fertility rites definitely feel like they go back a long time, and if they don't, they should. This is the difficulty with settling down to write about medieval May Day celebrations, because so much of what we associate …

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The Roof, the Roof is on Fire

I've let this blog thing slide a bit, because last week was mental deadline crazy week, plus I was giving a lunchtime talk in the department. (We call these 'graduate seminars', but in reality most of the people who come to them are from the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, the university itself, …