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Links I found interesting for 08-11-2012


Nov. 8th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
The answer to the question about the Green Man is no. That article is of extremely debateable historicity in terms of its sources.
Nov. 8th, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
Indeed - unless you can update me further, doesn't it date to the high middle ages and no earlier?
Nov. 9th, 2012 12:57 pm (UTC)
There's a very early carved example in a church at St Hilaire-le-Grand in France, dating to the early 5th century, but it's significance is unknown: as a symbol, it's found widely in Europe and there is no good evidence to suggest it had any particular significance for the Anglo-Saxons. But most of the examples are 12th c. and later -- this, to be fair, is down to the fact that very few churches of earlier date survive in Northern Europe.
Nov. 9th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
Ah, slightly more complicated than I thought then.

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