Sunday, July 05, 2009

Dragon Slayer Talk at SELFS

South East London Folklore Society meets this month on Thursday 9th July, and features a talk by Christopher Hadley on The Riddle of Shonks' Tomb:

'Christopher Hadley will ask if the fabulous stories told about a Hertfordshire tomb remember a medieval 'dragon slayer' or are simply attempts to explain its strange carvings. The search for an answer begins with events separated by eight hundred years: a death under the Norman yoke, and a strange discovery beneath a yew tree on a 19th Century farm'.

The tomb in question is in a church at Brent Pelham, Herfordshire, and purports to be that of Piers Shonks the dragon slayer sometimes referred to as the Hertfordshire St George.

SELFS regular meet at The Old King's Head, Kings Head Yard, 45-49,Borough High St, London, SE1 1NA. Talks start at 8.00pm, £2.50 / £1.50 concessions Website: Contact: scott@selfs.

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