The Public House

A speech by one of a pair of Romany brothers, as written in “The Gorse and the Briar”

“I hope the public-house or the inn will never cease to be a place in which the solitary traveller my find a fire and someone with whom to talk, but its real significance is lost; it is no longer the institution by which all those who set out on a journey depend, the institution which for centuries has mixed all classes together under one roof. The innkeeper has ceased to depend on the traveller, just as the traveller has ceased to depend on the inn.”

Britain as Bible Land

Bible Quotes

Britain is (two difficult words) known as a Christian nation. But what does this mean? Well, simply enough, it means many of the traditions we have inherited are shaped by references taken, and understandings gathered, from the Bible. (more…)

Chaucer and the pilgrimage landscape

The English Peasant’s Revolt took place in 1381, and saw land-workers ‘running’ from Kent and Norfolk to London, to burn tax-records, empty prisons, and behead the Archbishop. The route most rebels took was along the pilgrim’s way.


Half the country had recently died in the Black Death, and the remnant were overworked and overtaxed, without access to courts or justice. A hated poll tax had been declared, to pay for the English army’s manoeuvrings abroad. The rebellion was an act that struck against enforced subservience, a struggle toward freedom. The rebels were not thieves, and all valuables found by the mob were destroyed.  A man found with concealed loot, a silver chalice, was thrown in the river Medway as a lesson to others.