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St Valentine’s Day

The estimable John Brand informs us that ‘It is a ceremony, says Bourne, never omitted among the vulgar, to draw lots, which they term Valentines, on the eve before Valentine Day. The names of a select number of one sex … Continue reading

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How to Wassail Correctly

Fortuitously, wassailing was the subject of the ‘Early Music Show’ in BBC Radio 3 on 28 December, so I have benefited from the wisdom of Lucie Skeaping and others as well as that of the estimable William Husk, editor of … Continue reading

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The Manticore, and Other Animals

Emma Phipson is an author we have struggled with, not because of her detailed and comprehensive 1883 work on The Animal-Lore of Shakespeare’s Time, Including Quadrupeds, Birds, Reptiles, Fish and Insects, but because in writing the blurbs for one of … Continue reading

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Now Is The Month of Maying . . .

Sadly, it isn’t: it is in fact Michaelmas, the traditional beginning of autumn (in the northern hemisphere at any rate – it wouldn’t do to be parochial: though I must just moan that I went into the supermarket in daylight … Continue reading

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