Could the real Geillis Duncane please stand up

If you've read Diana Gabaldon's Cross Stitch series or watched its television adaption, Outlander, then you'll be familiar with the character Geillis Duncane, who was in fact a real person accused of Witchcraft. In the small Scottish village of Trenent, Geillis Duncane worked as a housemaid for the town's Deputy Bailiff, David Seaton.  She was [...]


Scythe of Cronus

The Scythe of Cronus was a stone Scythe gifted to the Titan Cronus by his mother Gaia, in order to bring about the fall of Uranus as revenge for hiding Gaia's children from her. Cronus used the Scythe to castrate Uranus before the injured god disappeared. Later it would be Zeus who would use Cronus's [...]

Guess What? Halloween is more Christian than Pagan

I'm going to put this up for 2 reasons. 1- Every year I argue (and argue and argue) that Halloween is NOT a holiday that originated in America, and 2) I struggle greatly with not bursting into a lecture when someone tells me that Halloween is pagan and has nothing to do with the Christian [...]


Songs for the dead…Keeners

"Keeners were the women of rural Ireland who were traditionally paid to cry, wail and sing over the bodies of the dead at funerals and wakes...The custom of keening had all but vanished by the 1950's as people began to view it as primitive, old-fashioned and uncivilised." Songs for the dead...  a 30 minute radio [...]


Did You Know… Trial by Ordeal

Did you know that the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II (1194-1250 AD), was the first king to outlaw Trial by Ordeal as he thought they were nonsensical. Trial by Ordeal was a test administered to an accused party in the middle ages by a Court of Law to measure the innocence of the accused. It [...]


Mythbusters explain the Trebuchet

In this video Adam from Mythbusters explains how the medieval siege machine, the Trebuchet, operates.  


Did You Know…Gilles de Rais, child Serial Killer

Did you know... on September 15 1440 Gilles de Montmorency-Laval, Baron de Rais, was taken into custody  along with two of his bodyservents for the murder of anywhere up to 400 children over the course of nine years. He was convicted of the murders using the testimonies of witnesses and the uncovered bodies of some [...]