Naming the Green Man of the Medieval Church

Janet Dowling


Region:
South West
Notice Period:
Regular (more than one month's notice)
Type:
professional
Fee:
Paid: Depending on location £70-£100 plus mileage
Category:
History
Updated:
29th December 2018
Tagged:
History | Green Man | Churches | Folklore

The "Green Man" is the name given to the foliate heads found in pre-reformation churches. There is mystery and confusion about their origin. Are they pagan? And if not- why are they in a Christian church?

Through using storytelling sources and academic research Janet is able to reveal who the Green Man is, what he represents, where he appears in the medieval catholic liturgy and ventures to give him a name more deserving of his origin.

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About Janet Dowling

Janet is a storyteller and folklorist- finding the old stories and sharing them with new audiences. But she also researches and digs deep for the stories behind the stories, whether it be one of the 39 different versions of RedRiding Hood or the real secrets of Bluebeard. She performs professionally as an oral storyteller, and runs workshops for people to learn the skills of storytelling. She won a prize from the Folklore Society for her paper on "Naming the Green Man of the medieval church."


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