Whitsunday, or Whitsun, is the seventh Sunday after Easter, and is a time for a holiday. The Morris-dance was originally a Moorish dance. These days it involves men with white socks (always a bad start) and bells on their wrists and ankles, and lots of beer. There are also Morris dances on May Day. [more...][$]
This game may be similar to Ball-and-Trap or Knurr and Spell, two traditional English ball-games that are still played. If so, the ball is on a see-saw an the play will hit the other end of it to make the ball fly into the air; when the ball ascends the player will strike the ball with the bat, trying to hit a particular target or to get the ball to [...] [more...][$]
The Story of the Rose was a very popular mediæval French story about chivalry and knightly love. Here we have an engraving based on a painting in one particular manuscript copy made in about A.D. 1500. There’s some word-play going on: the walled garden is owned by one M. Déduit; the man’s name istself means “pleasure.” We see the wingéd God of Love in the background. [more...][$]
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