With The Anthology of English Folk Tales (The History Press) released on 1 November, Kirsty Hartsiotis has been blogging about some of the stories featured in the book.
Blogging about the Green Children, Kirsty writes: “It’s an old tale, one of three in Suffolk Folk Tales recorded by the monk Ralph of Coggeshall in his Chronicon Anglicanum around the turn of the 13th century: the others being the Wildman of Orfordand Malekin. Unlike the other two, the Green Children has another source, a slightly earlier source, from the Yorkshire monk William of Newburgh. The stories vary a little, but not in their essentials – the discovery of children with green skin in the small Suffolk village of Woolpit just outside Bury St Edmunds, then a major pilgrimage site for the relics of St Edmund.”
You can read the rest of that post here – https://firespringsfolktales.wordpress.com/2016/10/29/the-green-children-of-woolpit-and-bardwell/
The story of King Raedwald of East Anglia also features in the anthology.
Kirsty writes: “A few months ago it was announced that Rædwald’s home had been found – exactly where it should be, at Rendlesham. It is always remarkable when archaeology follows ancient sources, especially when those ancient sources postdate the actual events by a good century.”
Read the rest of that post here – https://firespringsfolktales.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/a-puff-on-wuffings/
Kirsty Hartsiotis, Anthony Nanson and Kevan Manwaring all have stories in The Anthology of English Folk Tales.