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The Three Ravens is an English Myth and Folklore podcast hosted by award-winning writers Martin Vaux and Eleanor Conlon. Released on Mondays, each weekly episode focuses on one of England's 39 historic counties, exploring the history, folklore and traditions of the area, from ghosts and mermaids to mythical monsters, half-forgotten heroes, bloody legends, and much, much more. Then, and most importantly, the pair take turns to tell a new version of an ancient story from that county - all befo ...
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Three Ravens is co-hosted by Ben Hanten, Brooke Lancaster, and Josh Kramer. We are breaking down the final season of Game of Thrones. Each week we are joined by a guest cohost.
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Welcome! These podcasts address some of the common questions people have about animism, shamanic journeying, shamanic healing, the links between shamanism and psychotherapy (including things like Internal Family Systems Therapy), depth psychology, anthropology, ecotherapy, environmentalism, and more. The first two episodes are introductory ones. The first explores what shamanism is, how it differs from animism, how psychotherapy can contribute, and why we desperately need shamanic practices ...
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On this week's episode, Martin and Eleanor hurry to Hertfordshire, a county of outlaws, ghosts, and really old stuff! After a brief chat about the pagan god Walborga and her regrettable shift into St Walburga, they proceed upstream and dabble in the history and folklore of Hertfordshire. They talk about sites like Hertford Castle, St Alban's Cathed…
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In this week's Bonus Episode, Martin and Eleanor explore the life of the knight thought to have inspired the Bluebeard fairytale, also known as "the first serial killer." Part of the "Something Wicked" series about folkloric true crimes, they start by discussing the state of France when Gilles de Rais was born, from the reign of 'Charles the Mad' a…
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This week, Eleanor and Martin saunter to Staffordshire, home of Wedgwood china and their first Headless Horseman! After a brief chat about Jack O'Lent and some minor saints with silly names, they proceed on a macabre tour around the history and folklore of Staffordshire, talking about sites like Stafford Castle, Lichfield Cathedral, and Doxey Pool …
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In this Bonus Episode, Eleanor and Martin explore the history of Basket and Trug Making, which may just be the oldest crafts of all. Part of the "Dying Arts" series, they start by discussing the basics, including what a basket really is, including ancient examples from Rome and Egypt. After chatting about how basket and trug-making were crafts that…
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In this seasonal Bonus Episode, Martin and Eleanor cosy up and explore the rather bonkers history of Valentine's Day. They start in the 8th century, with the Venerable Bede and Catholic Martyrology of Jerome, neither of which refer to Valentine's Day or St Valentine. Next, they venture back in time to recount the macabre life of the 3rd century fig…
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In this week's episode, Martin and Eleanor wade through the ancient mysteries of Lincolnshire. After a brief chat about Shrovetide and some associated lunacy, such as 'Old Football' and 'Dappy Door Night,' they clamber into their ancient boat and paddle through history and folklore of Lincolnshire. They talk about ancient relics like the Corieltauv…
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In this week's Bonus Episode, Martin and Eleanor follow the trail in search of Bigfoot, uncovering a whole world of mythical wild men! Part of the "Three Ravens Bestiary" bonus series, they start by chatting about the origins of Bigfoot, including some notable 20th century hoaxes, arriving at root of these legends: the Native American Sasquatch. Th…
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This week's episode sees us Eleanor and Martin wending their way to Wiltshire, home of both Stonehenge and Avebury Ring! After a brief chat about the ghastly life of St Agatha, they burrow deep into the monumental history and folklore of Wiltshire, from Old Sarum, Wardour Castle, and two of the most famous stone circles in all the world to the Flyi…
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In this Bonus Episode, Eleanor and Martin peer into the arcane history of scrying! Part of the "Magic and Medicines" series, they start by chatting about our understanding of scrying in prehistoric cultures and the earliest references to mirror divination in Ancient Greece, Egypt, Persia, and Mesoamerican societies. Then it's on to Renaissance occu…
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On this week's episode, Martin and Eleanor dash to Derbyshire, a county forged in earthquakes and wildfires! After a brief chat about the pagan festival of Imbolc, they slip into the sacred hot springs of Aquae Arnemetiae to discuss the history and folklore of Derbyshire, from the Viking burial complex at Heath Wood, Peveril Castle, and the plague …
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In this week's Bonus Episode, Martin and Eleanor conjure up the wild life story of the first witch condemned in Ireland. Part of the "Something Wicked" series about folkloric true crimes, they set the scene by discussing the history of Kilkenny within Ireland's five historic counties, then explore how a young Flemish immigrant managed to become one…
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This week and Martin and Eleanor hurry to Herefordshire on the border between England and Wales. After a brief chat about St Vincent's Day, including his painful life and Raven Church, they dig a dyke to mark the borders of the history and folklore of Herefordshire - from the Black Mountain, Goodrich Castle, and Arthur’s Stone to Jack-a-Kent, the K…
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In this Bonus Episode, Eleanor and Martin explore the history of Fan Making, a critically-endangered craft. Part of the "Dying Arts" series, they start off chatting about the 3,000 year-old legacy of fans from China, Japan, and Africa, then dig into the European craze for fans, including their religious uses, their styles, hidden compartments, and …
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On this week's episode Eleanor and Martin relay to Rutland, England's smallest county. After a chat about St Ceolwulf's Day and the Venerable Bede, they blow their hunting horns and gallop through the history and folklore of Rutland - from Oakham Castle, Great Casterton, and Rutland Water to Amelia Woodcock, the Wise Woman of Wing, the Rutland Dino…
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In this week's Bonus Episode, Martin and Eleanor dive into the murky history of Selkies. Part of the "Three Ravens Bestiary" bonus series, they start by talking through the modern view of these mystical half-human, half-seal sea creatures, and chat about the most popular selkie myth of recent times - one of kidnap, stolen seal skins, and forced mar…
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This week Eleanor and Martin are off to Essex, a county where Boudica famously engaged in some impromptu remodeling... After a chat about Plough Monday and associated silliness, they then sharpen their three Saxon daggers and rampage through the history and folklore of Essex - from the Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins, Old King Cole, and the sac…
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In this Bonus Episode, Eleanor and Martin explore the history of poppets! Part of the "Magic and Medicines" series, they chat about the many roles dolls play in magic, from Worry Dolls and Kolossoi to paleolithic carvings and ushabti, and dig into some strange corners of human history - from the Reader's Digest drive to curse Adolf Hitler to Scotti…
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On this week's episode, Martin and Eleanor head to Leicestershire, the county where Richard III died at Bosworth Field. After a chat about New Year's Day traditions and superstitions, they leap into the history and folklore of Leicestershire - from Simon de Montfort and Melton Mowbray pork pies to Belvoir Castle, Ashby de la Zouch, and Kirby Muxloe…
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In this week's Bonus Episode, Martin and Eleanor dig into the legend of the Christmas Scarecrow, Hans Trapp. Part of the "Something Wicked" series about folkloric true crimes, they set the scene by talking about life in the Holy Roman Empire during the 15th century. Then it's time to recount the truths and some of the likely fictions surrounding th…
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Deck the halls and jingle your bells as Eleanor and Martin welcome you to a festive celebration of all things Christmas, Yule, and Midwinter! Starting off deep in prehistory, they chat through the pagan origins of Midwinter celebrations as found at neolithic sites like Stonehenge, discuss Ancient Greek and Roman concepts of the end-of-year, wassail…
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As promised, here is a spooky ghost story for Christmas care of Three Ravens. Following in the tradition of M.R. James, E.F. Benson, and Charles Dickens, it feels only right to cosy up and listen to something scary on Christmas Eve. This year it's Martin doing the honours, with a longer story set in the English Renaissance. We follow Maline, a youn…
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In their final Advent 2023 mini-episode, Martin and Eleanor come up against a problem: partridges don't have much of a place in folklore! They make a valiant effort, discussing how Perdix was transformed into a partridge in Ancient Greek mythology, and recount a literally apocryphal tale of John The Evangelist stroking his partridge - and they chat…
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In their penultimate Advent 2023 mini-episode, Eleanor and Martin talk Two Turtle Doves - which aren't white! Who knew?! In addition to chewing over the slightly unnerving roles doves traditionally played in Candlemas and Imbolc celebrations, they dig into some dovey deities, including the Ancient Mesopotamian goddess Inanna and the Celtic god Aeng…
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In this Bonus Episode, Eleanor and Martin discuss traditional Christmas crafts. Part of the "Dying Arts" series, they start of chatting about Midwinter, Yule Logs, and the Ashen Faggot, then discuss the history of the Christingle, old recipes for Christmas pudding, the tradition of the 'Kissing Ball' and 'Kissing Bough' as well as Christmas Trees, …
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In their tenth Advent 2023 mini-episode, Martin and Eleanor discuss French Hens, which are a genuine, actual thing! Aside from Eleanor performing the St Crispian Day speech from Henry V (yes, the whole thing) they also chat about Bresse Gauloise chickens, Brythonic history, and England's slightly tetchy relationship with the French, along with disc…
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In their ninth Advent 2023 mini-episode, Eleanor and Martin are talking Four Colley Birds, and not 'Calling Birds' at all! From 'Sing a Song of Sixpence,' which dates back to the Renaissance, to Celtic myths like The Tale of Branwen and The Three Birds of Rhiannon, they discuss how the blackbird occupies a very strange position in folklore. Not lea…
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For their eighth Advent 2023 mini-episode, Martin and Eleanor are facing down eternity to talk Five Gold Rings! They begin talking about the special properties of gold and the symbolism of rings from Ancient Egypt to today, including the significance of the gifts made in the story of Jesus' birth. Then, before long, they're discussing the mythical …
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In their seventh Advent 2023 mini-episode, Eleanor and Martin are talking Six Geese A-Laying. They start off chatting about whether geese are really just big ducks (and remain split on the matter) all before they set to honking and a-hollering about some famous examples of geese in mythology and folklore, such as The Golden Goose, The Goose That La…
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On this week's episode, Eleanor and Martin are off to Buckinghamshire, one of England's 'Home Counties.' With no particular Saints Days to mark they get cracking quickly and set about unearthing the history and folklore of Buckinghamshire, from the many stately homes owned by the Rothschild family and others, such as Waddesdon Manor, Mentmore Tower…
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In their sixth Advent 2023 mini-episode, Eleanor and Martin are talking Seven Swans A-Swimming! They start off chatting about swans and their many associations, including in Medieval cookery, then dip their bills into some of the very many appearances of swans in myth and folklore, from the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice to The Children of Lir, Derbf…
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In their fifth Advent 2023 mini-episode, Martin and Eleanor take those udders in hand and talk Eight Maids A-Milking! They start off discussing the Maiden archetype and concept of the Triple Goddess, then moo-ve on to talking about the Maiden's lactose-free role in some specific folktales such as Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, and Bluebeard. Then it'…
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In their fourth Advent 2023 mini-episode, Eleanor and Martin are marching to the beat of Nine Drummers Drumming. After a brief chat about the earliest drums yet found by archaeologists (which, to Eleanor's alarm, involved alligators...) they strike up a rhythm and discuss drumming in the animal kingdom, stone age spiritualism, and the ways drums in…
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In their third Advent 2023 mini-episode, Martin and Eleanor add a honk to their gronk and make a ruckus with Ten Pipers Piping! After discussing how pipes predate writing, with the earliest known example carved from a bear's thigh over 60,000 years ago, they dig into the links between shepherds, pipes, and lyric poetry, discuss the Medieval shawm a…
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In this Bonus Episode, Martin and Eleanor discuss Krampus, the demonic man-goat of Alpine legend. Part of the "Three Ravens Bestiary" bonus series, they start by offering an overview of his place in central European Yuletide tradition, then dig into ideas including the influence of Christianity on folk customs, some other surviving Alpine tradition…
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For their second Advent 2023 mini-episode, Eleanor and Martin shake it on down with Eleven Ladies Dancing! They start by chatting about the earliest records we have of dancing, including in prehistoric cave art and Bronze Age sculpture, then skip ahead to early folk and 'circle' dances like the branle and the farandole. After discussing the birth o…
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For their first Advent 2023 mini-episode, Martin and Eleanor strap on their hose, gird their loins, and jump into the Yuletide fray with Twelve Lords A-Leaping! After a chat about patronage and feudal hierarchy, they discuss the various ways a lord could 'leap' rungs of the social ladder, including through war, diplomacy, commerce, chivalry, and ma…
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On this week's episode, Martin and Eleanor head to Gloucestershire, a county which really does have it all! After a chat about Old St Andrew's Day and the Boar's Head Feast, they clickety-clack down the Great Western Railway to explore the history and folklore of Gloucestershire - from the Wye Valley, Gloucester Cathedral, and Chedworth Roman Villa…
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In this Bonus Episode, Eleanor and Martin dig into the ancient history and modern past of the Druids. Part of the "Magic and Medicines" series, they chat about the Druids' interest in mistletoe, their alleged powers, practices, and unique status in Bronze and Iron Age life, leaf through the sources of this information, and hop to the 18th century w…
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Eleanor and Martin launch into Series 3 of Three Ravens with a visit to the historic county of Bedfordshire, one-time home of John Bunyan. After a brief chat about St Barbara, St Osmund and St Clement, they slosh down the Great Ouse basin and leap into the history and folklore of Bedfordshire - from the Five Knolls barrow cemetery and Someries Cast…
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Martin and Eleanor start Series 3 by looking both forward and backwards. In addition to chatting about some things they learned during Series 2, they chat about what's new for Three Ravens, what's worked, and some of what they're planning for the weeks ahead, mentioning some of the counties they will be exploring over the next 13 episodes and some …
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In our second Listener Episode, we read seven stories and a poem sent in by members of the Three Ravens community. The stories include methods of protection from "The Evil Eye" and the doings of a mysterious 1,500 year-old midwife from Robert, tales of Irish werewolves from Sabrina, an account from Sam of her family's visit to the Rollright Stones,…
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Welcome to episode 7 of the Three Ravens Sessions on animism, shamanic journeying and therapeutic shamanism. Today we will talk about healing the past and choosing the future. We will discuss ancestral burdens, how reality is a multiverse, and how this knowledge can empower us to live better lives and make more conscious decisions in the present. 0…
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The last in a trio of bonus compilation episodes of the Three Ravens podcast, to plug the gap before Season 3 starts in December. We’ve entitled this episode Three Kisses because it contains three of our more romantic tales, including our Surrey story, "The Tale of Blanche Heriot," our Northumberland story, "The Fish and the Ring," and our Worceste…
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The second of a trio of bonus compilation episodes of the Three Ravens podcast, to plug the gap before Season 3 starts in December. We’ve entitled this episode Three Hauntings because it contains three of our ghost stories, including our Hampshire story, "The Netley Abbey Phantoms," our Dorset story, "William Doggett the Vampire Ghost," and our Nor…
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The first of a trio of bonus compilation episodes of the Three Ravens podcast, to plug the gap before Season 3 starts in December. We’ve entitled this episode Three Mermaids because it contains three of our tales of semi-aquatic transformation and so-called monstrosity, including our Cornwall story, "The Mermaid of Zennor," our Suffolk story, "The …
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To cap off Haunting Season, Eleanor and Martin reach back through time to explore the ancient roots of Samhain, Halloween, and Allhallows. From Celtic megalithic tombs like Newgrange and the remnants of pagan rites discovered by archaeologists to widespread European traditions of guising, souling, 'need-fires', divination, demons and deities, they …
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Is that just a shadow in the corner or is there something waiting in the dark? With the moon full and the stars out, it's hard to tell... either way, it's Haunting Season, so time to feel afraid! For their final weekly double-bill of original ghost stories this year, Eleanor and Martin tell The Five Minute Call, a theatrical tale of backstage haunt…
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In this Haunting Season Bonus Episode, Martin and Eleanor chat about the life and crimes of Ronald O'Bryan, a.k.a. 'The Candy Man.' Part of the "Something Wicked" series about folkloric true crimes, they chew over the Satanic Panic, ideas of Halloween Sadism, the 'Mad Poisoner' trope and its roots in the Industrial Revolution, Urban Legends around …
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These are nights of long shadows, where hollowed pumpkins watch with empty mouths and scarecrows stand lonely in the mist: it's Haunting Season, and time to feel afraid! For their third weekly double-bill of original ghost stories, Eleanor and Martin tell The Audience, a creeping chronicle of political horror, and The Coal Hole, a tale of fear real…
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In this Bonus Episode, Eleanor and Martin explore the dying art of corn dolly making. Part of the "Dying Arts" series, they discuss the link between European beliefs around 'Harvest Maidens,' 'Corn Spirits,' and elaborately fashioned 'corn tokens,' including English regional variants such as the Worcester Crown and the Yorkshire Spiral, then dig in…
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