old (typewritten) history notes and thesis and a walk around our local area that showed how close our past really is to our present.
|Medieval Votive Objects Exeter Cathedral|
This practice has not died out and votives can still be seen in Catholic countries and, perhaps more surprisingly, in Scottish woods.
|The Fairy House|
|Doonhill Fairy Trail|
|Battle of Mortimer's Cross|
|The Sussex Wolfpits|
The superstitions of the past are fascinating things as is the science that unpicks them. The lesson of the Doonhill Fairy Trail, however, suggests that even our increased understanding of the world can't totally unpick us: scratch the surface and we're all still mentally throwing salt, crossing our fingers and wishing.