Month: July 2020

From Wales, with love-spoons!

Has your beloved ever given you a lovespoon? Have you heard of them before? Well, they’re a big deal here in Wales. But what are lovespoons exactly?Lovespoons were romantic tokens crafted by male suitors and presented to the maidens they admired. Origins of the lovespoon The first example of the word ‘llwy’ (spoon) appears in the… Read more »

Wales: the King Arthur connection

“On a lonely sword leaned he, Like Arthur on Excalibur In the battle by the sea.” G K Chesterton The Ballad of the White Horse, 1911 Well,  which sea,  you might ask? King Arthur is a legendary figure claimed by much of northern Europe, but we’d argue that Wales’s relationship with the Once and Future King is… Read more »