Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Full Measure of the Law

A small town in Carmarthernshire is home to the original Welsh Assembly, which codified the ancient laws of the Britons. Whitland Abbey, founded in Dyfed in 1140, probably took its name from the white robes...

March of the Men of Harlech

(Disclaimer: The personal views expressed below are those of the author of this article, who does not claim to speak for The Rural Voice or for any of its other contributors.) James Lloyd visits Harlech...

Dinner at Dundrum Castle

James Lloyd visits a Norman castle in Ulster that stands on the site of one of the most famous and most amusing myths of Ancient Ireland. The ruins of a twelfth-century castle overlook the village...

The Man who should be King: Part Three

Previously, on The Rural Voice ... Edgar the Ætheling, grandson of King Edmund II, was born in exile in Hungary around 1052. Summoned to England at the age of six and raised at the court...

The Man who should be King: Part Two

Previously on The Rural Voice ... It is the seventh of January 1066. Edward the Confessor is dead. The bishops, abbots, ealdormen and thegns assembled in London for the consecration of his brand new abbey...

The Man who should be King: Part One

James Lloyd tells the exciting, surprising and tragic story of Edgar the Ætheling, the king we barely had. In the County of Hertford are two villages which can make a claim to be among the...

Life of the Last Englishman

Men die. Heroes do not. Andrew had received hundreds of confessions from dying men but he would never forget this one. He had seen the old hermit on and off, wandering around the graveyard of...

Review: The Art of Mindful Birdwatching

Mindfulness, it seems, it now everywhere. This ubiquity, not to mention the proliferation of adult colouring books, has arguably lessened its perceived value - not to mention created the impression that each new mindfulness-related...

The Countryside Blog of an Essex Born Lady – Afterword July 2017

Another walk with my canine companion along the river Blackwater's edge, or maybe through the old railway line, a place which has become a rich haven for nature and a playground for those who love the...

Death of the Last Englishman

James Lloyd explores the connection between a hill in Somerset and a church in Essex, reputed to be the resting place of King Harold II. Montacute is tiny village in Somerset, with a population of...