Here you can find here a curated selection of the people who have been mentioned in various “inexpert discussion sections” of the podcast, and a little bit more information about them.

Strictly speaking they aren’t all folklorists, but authors, chroniclers, antiquarians, historians, translators and more.

In some cases this is not a great deal more than is on their Wikipedia page, but the difference is that  these pages are written with a focus to their influence on folklore, folktales and other stuff that might be relevant directly to the podcast.

A light read, rather than some academic treatise, on these figures who make the podcast possible……

….or at least those figures whose names we know at least – for, by the nature of the stories there are a great many other people behind each one whose names can no longer be made out against the roaring din from the falling sands of time.

If you’re interested in finding out a bit more of my thinking behind this section please do check out the below article on the origin of the stories where I attempt to answer the very reasonable question: “Who are all these rich, mostly men, and what do they have to do with the stories?”

Otherwise select an article from below to find out more:

Walter Map

A brief biography of Medieval Welsh chronicler Walter Map, taking a brief look at his work De Nugis Curialium, focusing on his weirder tales

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Lady Charlotte Guest

Accomplished linguist Lady Charlotte Guest translated medieval Welsh tales into English, and in doing helped to create the Mabinogion that exists today.

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Geoffrey of Monmouth

The Unreliable Narrator – 12th century chronicler, Geoffrey of Monmouth’s “Historia Regum Britanniae” was a huge influence on British history writing for centuries to come. Unfortunately accuracy wasn’t its strongest point

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Thomas Percy

“The Bishop” – Thomas Percy was a trailblazing figure in the world of ballad collection with his work “Reliques of Ancient English Poetry”

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Welcome to Tales of Britain and Ireland!

Welcome to Tales of Britain & Ireland: A podcast telling folktales, myths and legends from across Britain and Ireland. Hosted by Graeme Cooke.

Following the links below to find out more:

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Where to begin?

All episodes
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Other odds and sods:

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