Talking Butts

Anthony Poulton-Smith


Region:
West Midlands
Notice Period:
Regular (more than one month's notice)
Type:
Professional
Fee:
Paid: £75 including expenses (negotiable)
Category:
History
Updated:
21st January 2017
Tagged:
History | Humour | Fact | Archery

Talking Butts: the many odd ideas, often accepted as a part of history, which have no basis in fact. The title comes from the many minor place names, found most often for fields or narrow lanes, seen as 'The Butts' or similar and commonly thought to show where medieval villagers honed their skills with the long bow. Yet it is easy to see this could never be true as the name nearly always appears several centuries before the law allowing the male villagers to miss church on Sundays in order to practise. Many other 'facts' are given an airing and shown they could never stand up to scrutiny.

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About Anthony Poulton-Smith

A freelance journalist and author, with 77 books, many articles, is a ghostwriter, innumerable crosswords and puzzles published, whilst also compiling and marketing quizzes. These books have mostly been on the subject of the origins of place-names and as part of the publicity Anthony has been interviewed several times on the radio and privileged to be the guest speaker at more than four hundred events. Fascinated by the development of language and etymology, based in Tamworth Staffordshire and chairman of Tamworth Literary Festival.

Happy to travel and available at short notice.


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