The Pythonissa: A Slippery Soothsayer

Here’s a new insult for you. Margery Ryvel was excommunicated by the church in April 1348 for practising divination, superstition and illusion. Whichever clerk wrote the Latin report that survives in the Register of John de Grandisson, Bishop of Exeter, clearly did not like her or her activities. The report reads as a barely-concealed rant … Continue reading The Pythonissa: A Slippery Soothsayer

The Great York Geek Guide

York is well known for many things – Vikings, medieval history, chocolate – but there’s one cultural aspect that you might not expect: York’s thriving geeky scene. Here’s my pick of the independent pop culture shops and nerd hangouts that you need to add to your quest itinerary next time you visit. (And don't forget … Continue reading The Great York Geek Guide