Tales of Britain

By Jem Roberts

The finest, funniest stories of England, Scotland & Wales, refreshed for the 21st century. By Brother Bernard, as told to Jem Roberts.

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Conjuring Minterne's Mushroom

While sending you the warmest lockdown be-well vibes this PLANT-based Folklore Thursday, we offer you a very short Dorset folktale – already covered once in these updates – CONJURING MINTERNE! Click HERE to enjoy!

Come on, surely fungi counts as plants and herbs for this week's theme? Particularly as they form the basis of a magical herbal spell being cast by the Medieval magician in today's retelling...

As outlined above, the real 'Conjuring' John Minterne was pretty much just someone educated to a standard that the country folk of Dorset could only behold as satanic in some way, but who's to say he didn't really forage for mushrooms on those Dorset hills? They say his horse's hoof scorchmarks are visible there to this day, anyway. Well, they don't always say that, sometimes you have to ask them to.

The real Conjuring Minterne! Ish.

While we're here, coincidentally last week's FAB FOOLS FRIDAY update, the Tales of Britain author's next book, happened to concern a friendly wizard who casts spells, delighting children everywhere, and it's another wonderful tonic for these fraught times for Albion. So enjoy some Puddle Lane!

Until next time, POM POM, POM-POM-POM!

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