Thursday, October 19, 2017

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...

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 Charitable Twins of Biddenden

James Lloyd visits Biddenden to witness a tradition said to be nearly nine hundred years old, an everlasting memorial to the loving-kindness of two most unusual sisters. Every Easter Monday, in the Kentish village of...

The Green Children of Woolpit

When Stephen was King of the English, a quiet East Anglian village was visited by a little green man and his sister but were they aliens, feral children or merely a slice of medieval...

The Infamous Afterlife of Bloody John Baker

James Lloyd examines Kentish folklore surrounding one of England’s most unprincipled Chancellors of the Exchequer. Country folk are great haters. We hate everyone: City folk, headmasters, vicars (especially vicars). Generally these people are outsiders who, having...

The Battle of the Royal Bedroom

James Lloyd visits Devon, or possibly Wiltshire, with brief stops in Hampshire, to remember the scandalous falls of two successive West Saxon kings. The King had been defeated. He looked around at the assembly of...

The Battle of Mount Slaughter

The story that you are about to read is one of the oldest in the English language. Indeed, it is in a sense the very origin myth of the Angles and the foundation stone...

Marion and the King of the Gypsies

James Lloyd recalls the tale of the siege of Herdmanston Castle, when two beautiful young damsels were rescued from their wicked uncle by their own dashing young lovers and a band of Gypsies. When Sir...

Review: Jutland 1916: Twelve hours to win the War

The centenary of the First World War was not in 2014. It was in 2014 and 2015, it is in 2016 and it will be in 2017 and 2018 as well and Angus Konstam’s...

Discover Shakespeare in your local area

If you haven't already seen the BBC's Shakespeare on Tour, today is the perfect excuse to delve into the history of the bard and his plays in your local area. Featuring more than 200 stories from...