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Loremen Podcast

Author: James Shakeshaft and Alasdair Beckett-King

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Join the Loremen (James Shakeshaft and Alasdair Beckett-King) as they "investigate" local legends and forgotten folklore.
22 Episodes
In this final episode of series two we come bang up to date (to the 1970s) with a North Eastern tale of Celtic effigies. Then we narrowly avoid Royal slander to chat about the incomparably named "Mickleton Hooter".In a way, this episode ties a lot of threads together - Parcy Reed (S1 E1) gets a shout out, the Screetonizer (S2 E6) shows up again, there's a Dun Cow (S1 E6) and even the Mickleton Hooter lurks in the shadow of Meon Hill (S2 E7). We are terribly sorry there is no mention of Chekhov's Gun in this episode. It's like we referred to it early on in the series but then it never paid off. Sorry Chekhov.The Loremen shall return! | @MisterABK 
Comedian Athena Kugblenu joins the Loremen with a fable about a Ghanaian trickster. Meanwhile, James takes Alasdair boggart-bowling in historic Lancashire. Featured image: A garden spider, shown in the centre of its web. Chromolithograph, 1870. Credit: Wellcome Collection. (CC BY 4.0) | @MisterABK  | @athenakugblenu
Two extraordinary tales from North West England. An ill-fated prophet predicts the wholesale destruction of Northwich. Meanwhile, a lost story from Series 1 re-emerges from the depths to drag you under (because it is about mermaids). | @MisterABK 
A flesh and blood monster stalks the streets of London, causing bloodshed, outrage and mass hysteria. James and Alasdair meet innocent victims, scurrilous liars and the 18th Century’s greatest prankster. | @MisterABK Featured image: “The monster disappointed of his afternoons luncheon-or porridge-potts preferable to cork-rumps.” etching by J. Gillray, 1790. Credit: British Museum (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)
Jenny Collier joins the Loremen in a Valentine’s Day Special: tales of star-crossed lovers from Wales. Also featuring the world’s biggest lovespoon.Content Warning: This episode isn’t very rude, but some of the subject matter is more adult than our usual family-friendly fare of ghosts, devils and | @MisterABK  | @jenjencollier
Guest LorePerson Sindhu Vee (Edinburgh Best Newcomer 2018 Nominated) explains exactly why Everything Happens For The Best via the medium of Indian folklore that involves some mild torture. Alasdair recounts a Durham tale that is basically a religious Weekend At Bernies. Find the show notes here: | @MisterABK | @SindhuVFunny
Witches, Black Dogs, Crabs, Happy Whales and Toads. This pair of compendium stories has it ALL.Also what passes for a piece of Folklore in Banbury and why you should make consistent fashion decisions when dealing with packs of hounds.Find the show notes here: | @MisterABK Featured image from: A narwhal and large sperm whale. Engraving. Credit: Wellcome Collection. (CC BY 4.0)
Alasdair tells a tragic monkey's tale and James turns private dick, on the trail of a Cornish Bluebeard. Who fled the headless hounds? Who hung the monkey? Both these questions answered for the low price of zero pounds.(Seriously, if you haven't visited Trago Mills - you should. It's quite the thing.)Find the show notes here: | @MisterABK
A knight errant lobs a baby in a stream and twins are struck deaf by a sinister wooden chest. Curious tales of the macabre and absurd from your friendly neighbourhood Loremen.Alasdair relates what is potentially the most problematic rom-com premise ever. James tells us about a spooky storage solution. (Does feature guns).Find the show notes here: THAT picture) | @MisterABK
A true crime in Restoration England? A bizarre ritual on Scarborough Pier? It's episode 4 of Loremen Series 2.Find the show notes here: | @MisterABK
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Hern Huntsman

With regards to the telling of Cinderella, the Germans did not add gore to a French tale. Cinderella was originally a very old and very gory fairy tale that was popular in Germany, though the earliest fragments of the story (including a prince locating his true love through shoes) can be traced back to Ancient Egypt. The Grimm brothers were fastidious about only including German tales in their collection, though a few of foreign origin did sneak past them, such as Red Riding Hood (which probably came from an old Italian tale). Interestingly, many of the tales that did slip through, like Cinderella, had Middle Eastern roots. Charles Perrault was infamous for bastardizing old stories, and Cinderella is a perfect example of him adding fluff and sparkle to a somewhat bleak older tale to cater to the rich, entitled, and often bored ladies at the French court. He also invented the concept of the pumpkin carriage.

Jul 21st
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