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From Saxon Sirens to Sacred Orchards - Modern Traditions, Pagan Origins

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16/02/2017 - 16:00 to 17:00

Every January, in parts of rural England, people still gather to celebrate Wassailing, a tradition with distinctly Pagan origins intended to bless the coming year’s apple crops and protect orchards from evil spirits. It’s an intriguing part of the ongoing connection between the present day and folklore but in this eye-opening presentation, English Dark Ages and Medieval History expert Charles Christian returns to explain how roots of Wassailing stretch back even further. Back to the time when the Roman Empire’s hold on their province of Britannia was collapsing and how, in the years before King Arthur, a Saxon princess seduced a British king and opened the way to an invasion that changed the country forever!

Charles Christian is a professional writer, editor, award-winning journalist and former Reuters correspondent. His recent non-fiction books include  A travel guide to Yorkshire’s Weird Wolds: The Mysterious Wold Newton Triangle .

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