The Giant of Cerne Abbas by H. S. E. Dewar reviewed by Hilda R. Ellis Davidson (1968)

This new series of small monographs on West Country Folklore under the editorship of Miss Theo Brown will be warmly welcomed by all who are interested in the subject, and it may be hoped that other regions will now follow the lead of the West Country. In her foreword Miss Brown stresses the need for … Continue reading The Giant of Cerne Abbas by H. S. E. Dewar reviewed by Hilda R. Ellis Davidson (1968)

The Anglo-Saxon Burial at Coombe [Woodnesborough]*, Kent by Hilda R. Ellis Davidson & Leslie Webster (1967)

*Coombe is a settlement in the English county of Kent. It lies between Ash-next-Sandwich and Woodnesborough. According to Edward Hasted in 1800, it was a hamlet in the western section of the parish of Woodnesborough. The village's name derives from Ancient Celtic cumbā "valley" which was taken into Old English. The name was recorded as æt … Continue reading The Anglo-Saxon Burial at Coombe [Woodnesborough]*, Kent by Hilda R. Ellis Davidson & Leslie Webster (1967)

The Medical Background of Anglo-Saxon England. A Study in History, Psychology and Folklore by Wilfred Bonser; Reviewed by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1964)

Review by: H. R. Ellis Davidson, Folklore, Vol. 75, No. 4 (Winter, 1964), pp. 287-289. THIS is a careful and systematic study of medicine and methods of healing during the Anglo-Saxon period (from the fifth to the eleventh centuries) in England. Written evidence in Anglo-Saxon and Latin works has been conscientiously surveyed and discussed, and comment … Continue reading The Medical Background of Anglo-Saxon England. A Study in History, Psychology and Folklore by Wilfred Bonser; Reviewed by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1964)

Folklore and Man’s Past by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1963)

We realize now that folklore is not merely a study of survival - fossilized pieces of quaint tradition from a hypothetical past. Yet it does provide a link with the past, and as a student of early literature, archaeology and religion, this is the aspect of folklore studies with which I am most concerned. What … Continue reading Folklore and Man’s Past by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1963)

Reviews of “The Sword in Anglo-Saxon England: Its Archaeology and Literature” by Hilda Ellis Davidson (1962)

Review by: J.D.A. Ogilvy Source: The Journal of English and Germanic Philology, Vol. 61, No. 4 (Oct., 1962), pp. 908-909 Besides archaeology and documents ranging from wills to epic poetry, this book draws upon modern knowledge of metallurgy and on contemporary experiments in producing pattern-welded swords. Although it deals chiefly with English swords, it contains … Continue reading Reviews of “The Sword in Anglo-Saxon England: Its Archaeology and Literature” by Hilda Ellis Davidson (1962)

The Golden Age of Northumbria by H.E. Davidson (1958) [Part 3: Christian Missionaries]

CHRISTIAN MISSIONARIES For a long time there had been talk at the court of King Edwin about the “Christians”. Men used to get together in little groups, sometimes in angry argument. As for the king, he said little, but it was noticed that he often sat silent as though he were thinking deeply. The ladies … Continue reading The Golden Age of Northumbria by H.E. Davidson (1958) [Part 3: Christian Missionaries]

The Golden Age of Northumbria by H.E. Davidson (1958) [Part 2: King Edwin of Northumbria]

KING EDWIN OF NORTHUMBRIA It is time we heard about the king--Edwin of Northumbria. You would not find it very easy to reach the king. If you came over the sea, you would meet his sentinels on the coast, and there would be more men on watch for strangers outside the town or hall where … Continue reading The Golden Age of Northumbria by H.E. Davidson (1958) [Part 2: King Edwin of Northumbria]