Category Archives: History

Wassail: An Unexpected Revival

I was sitting in a pub in East Hackney, London one January night a few years ago trying to convince a young man from Portsmouth that English people did in fact practice the custom of wassail.  “Wassail?” he said.  “I’ve … Continue reading

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Wassail: Some Historical Reports and their Contexts

Have you been dying for some historical sources for the custom of wassail?  Come on, I know you have.  Lucky for you I am the folklorist with the super folklore library collection a mere 30 minute walk from my doorstep.  … Continue reading

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Wassail links and Lambswool recipe

Check out this cool post on Lambswool, forwarded by a cider friend at United States of Cider.  Chock full of historical and literary anecdotes and nice pictures and recipe offered. Also, keep on eye on United States of Cider’s Campaign … Continue reading

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Wassail on Twice Cooked

I’ve written a guest post on Wassail for my friend Adam Zolkover’s great blog Twice Cooked: Cooking, Eating, Politics.  Follow the link below and enjoy: http://www.twice-cooked.com/2014/01/14/cider-time-wassail/

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Wassail story from Radio Program: Living on Earth

We’re right smack in the middle of wassail season.  Twelfth Night (Jan 5) passed last week.  And Old Twelfth Night (Jan 17) comes this Friday.  I’m a bit behind on posts due to moving into a new house, but I … Continue reading

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If you don’t already read Bill Bradshaw’s great cider blog, take a look at this description of his trip to the perry producing region in Austria. http://iamcider.blogspot.com/2013/10/die-mostviertal-perry-in-lower-austria.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IamciderOnTheIncide+%28IAMCIDER%3A+On+The+Incide%29

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The 17th Century is the Best Century

Back at my desk in Indiana, I have been reading and taking notes on a really lovely chapter in a book called A Pleasing Sinne: Drink and Conviviality in Seventeenth-century England.  The chapter “Drinking Cider in Paradise: Science, Improvement, and … Continue reading

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