145 episodes

The Three Ravens is an English myth and folklore podcast hosted by Eleanor Conlon and Martin Vaux.
Each weekly episode focuses on one of England's 39 historic counties, exploring the history, folklore and traditions of the area, from ghosts and mermaids to mythical monsters, half-forgotten heroes, bloody legends, and much, much more.
Then, and most importantly, we take turns to tell a new version of an ancient story from that county - all before discussing what that tale might mean, where it might have come from, and the truths it reveals about England's hidden past...
Our Bonus Episodes are then released on Thursdays (Magic and Medicines about folk remedies and arcane spells, Three Ravens Bestiary about cryptids and mythical creatures, Dying Arts about endangered heritage crafts, and Something Wicked about folkloric true crimes from across history).
Plus, starting April 2024, we're launching a new Bonus Series: Local Legends. Released on Saturdays, each episode is an interview with an acclaimed folklorist, author, podcaster or historian, deepening discussions into that week's county.
We also release a range of exclusive content on Patreon, where supporters enjoy ad-free listening, including audio ghost tours, the Three Ravens Newsletter, monthly Three Ravens Film Club episodes about folk horror films from across the decades, and more.
So, why not join us around the campfire and listen in?
Learn more at www.threeravenspodcast.com, join our Patreon at www.patreon.com/threeravenspodcast, and find links to our social media channels here: https://linktr.ee/threeravenspodcast
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    • 4.9 • 41 Ratings

The Three Ravens is an English myth and folklore podcast hosted by Eleanor Conlon and Martin Vaux.
Each weekly episode focuses on one of England's 39 historic counties, exploring the history, folklore and traditions of the area, from ghosts and mermaids to mythical monsters, half-forgotten heroes, bloody legends, and much, much more.
Then, and most importantly, we take turns to tell a new version of an ancient story from that county - all before discussing what that tale might mean, where it might have come from, and the truths it reveals about England's hidden past...
Our Bonus Episodes are then released on Thursdays (Magic and Medicines about folk remedies and arcane spells, Three Ravens Bestiary about cryptids and mythical creatures, Dying Arts about endangered heritage crafts, and Something Wicked about folkloric true crimes from across history).
Plus, starting April 2024, we're launching a new Bonus Series: Local Legends. Released on Saturdays, each episode is an interview with an acclaimed folklorist, author, podcaster or historian, deepening discussions into that week's county.
We also release a range of exclusive content on Patreon, where supporters enjoy ad-free listening, including audio ghost tours, the Three Ravens Newsletter, monthly Three Ravens Film Club episodes about folk horror films from across the decades, and more.
So, why not join us around the campfire and listen in?
Learn more at www.threeravenspodcast.com, join our Patreon at www.patreon.com/threeravenspodcast, and find links to our social media channels here: https://linktr.ee/threeravenspodcast
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    Three Fae Tales

    Three Fae Tales

    Here's the first in our quintet of bonus compilation episodes to help plug the gap between Seasons 4 and 5.
    We’ve entitled this episode Three Fae Tales because, as you might expect, it contains three of our fairy or fairy-adjacent stories, including our Yorkshire story, A Discovery of Supposed Witchcraft, our Wiltshire story, A Cuckoo In Winter, and our Warwickshire story from Series 4 The Hand of God.
    We hope you enjoy!
    The Three Ravens is an English Myth and Folklore podcast hosted by award-winning writers Martin Vaux and Eleanor Conlon.
    Released on Mondays, each weekly episode focuses on one of England's 39 historic counties, exploring the history, folklore and traditions of the area, from ghosts and mermaids to mythical monsters, half-forgotten heroes, bloody legends, and much, much more. Then, and most importantly, the pair take turns to tell a new version of an ancient story from that county - all before discussing what that tale might mean, where it might have come from, and the truths it reveals about England's hidden past...
    Bonus Episodes are released on Thursdays (Magic and Medicines about folk remedies and arcane spells, Three Ravens Bestiary about cryptids and mythical creatures, Dying Arts about endangered heritage crafts, and Something Wicked about folkloric true crime from across history) plus Local Legends episodes on Saturdays - interviews with acclaimed authors, folklorists, podcasters and historians with unique perspectives on that week's county.
    With a range of exclusive content on Patreon, too, including audio ghost tours, the Three Ravens Newsletter, and monthly Three Ravens Film Club episodes about folk horror films from across the decades, why not join us around the campfire and listen in?
    Learn more at www.threeravenspodcast.com, join our Patreon at www.patreon.com/threeravenspodcast, and find links to our social media channels here: https://linktr.ee/threeravenspodcast
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Local Legends #13: Dr Paul Quinn

    Local Legends #13: Dr Paul Quinn

    For our final Local Legends episode for Series 4, Martin gathers round the campfire to talk about the folklore of Sussex with Dr Paul Quinn.
    Paul grew up in Sussex, going on to complete his doctorate at the University of Sussex, working on anti-Catholicism and the Early Modern Stage.
    He has a wide array of interests, from Doctor Who and popular science fiction to the history of fairy tales, Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and the links between Catholic discrimination and magic.
    After completing his postdoctoral fellowship at Sussex University’s Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies, he moved ultimately to the University of Chichester, where he teaches modules including ‘Fairy Tales: From Early Modern to Postmodern’ and ‘Theatres of Pleasure and Theatres of Pain.’ 
    Moreover, if you visit the Sussex folktale centre website, you can get a sense of the scale of the work he encounters, as editor of the Centre’s journal Gramarye. Past issues include all sorts of fascinating scholarly articles covering English subjects like Lady Godiva and Queen Mab to Classical tales such as those of Daedalus and Demeter to lively discussions of a vast array of European folklore, from Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel to the Snow Queen, Rumpelstiltskin, and The Miller’s Daughter.
    Suffice to say, Paul is an interesting chap, and as someone who has spent most of his life in Sussex he’s very well equipped for this conversation – one which compliments our series finale as released on Monday, answering one of the big questions about Sussex folklore thrown up in that recording.
    To learn more about Paul and his work at The Chichester Centre for Fairy Tales, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction, visit the centre’s website at https://www.sussexfolktalecentre.org/
    The Three Ravens is an English Myth and Folklore podcast hosted by award-winning writers Martin Vaux and Eleanor Conlon.
    Released on Mondays, each weekly episode focuses on one of England's 39 historic counties, exploring the history, folklore and traditions of the area, from ghosts and mermaids to mythical monsters, half-forgotten heroes, bloody legends, and much, much more. Then, and most importantly, the pair take turns to tell a new version of an ancient story from that county - all before discussing what that tale might mean, where it might have come from, and the truths it reveals about England's hidden past...
    Bonus Episodes are released on Thursdays (Magic and Medicines about folk remedies and arcane spells, Three Ravens Bestiary about cryptids and mythical creatures, Dying Arts about endangered heritage crafts, and Something Wicked about folkloric true crime from across history) plus Local Legends episodes on Saturdays - interviews with acclaimed authors, folklorists, podcasters and historians with unique perspectives on that week's county.
    With a range of exclusive content on Patreon, too, including audio ghost tours, the Three Ravens Newsletter, and monthly Three Ravens Film Club episodes about folk horror films from across the decades, why not join us around the campfire and listen in?
    Learn more at www.threeravenspodcast.com, join our Patreon at www.patreon.com/threeravenspodcast, and find links to our social media channels here: https://linktr.ee/threeravenspodcast
    Get bonus content on Patreon
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Series 4 Episode 13: Sussex (Live at Chichester Festival!)

    Series 4 Episode 13: Sussex (Live at Chichester Festival!)

    For our Series 4 finale we've got something really special: our first-ever Three Ravens Live Show, all about Sussex, recorded at the Festival of Chichester!
    We start off with a full live performance of Three Ravens care of Eleanor and our friend and neighbour Ben Harber, and then have a chat about the curious history of Chichester itself. After that, it's time to talk Sussex - and there's so much to say!
    In addition to chatting about how recent archaeological discoveries are reframing our understanding of the county, the differences between a "Wealdsman" and and "Downsman," and a spectacular list of castles from a region that "Wunt Be Druv," we talk County Dishes, and drown in the excesses of Sussex Pond Pudding!
    After some folkloric chat about the ghosts of the Weald and Downland Museum, the wild doings and superb afterlife of Mad Jack Fuller, the Horsham Serpent, the fine tradition of Sussex baby eating, and much more besides, it's on to the main event: Martin's story "The Many Adventures of Arundel The Horse (and His Blundering Knight, Sir Bevis of Hampton)."
    Thank you so much to everyone who came along, and to you for supporting and listening to Three Ravens, and we'll be back to round out the series with our thirteenth Local Legends interview with Dr Paul Quinn, Director of the Chichester Centre for Fairy Tales, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction.
    The Three Ravens is an English Myth and Folklore podcast hosted by award-winning writers Martin Vaux and Eleanor Conlon.
    Released on Mondays, each weekly episode focuses on one of England's 39 historic counties, exploring the history, folklore and traditions of the area, from ghosts and mermaids to mythical monsters, half-forgotten heroes, bloody legends, and much, much more. Then, and most importantly, the pair take turns to tell a new version of an ancient story from that county - all before discussing what that tale might mean, where it might have come from, and the truths it reveals about England's hidden past...
    Bonus Episodes are released on Thursdays (Magic and Medicines about folk remedies and arcane spells, Three Ravens Bestiary about cryptids and mythical creatures, Dying Arts about endangered heritage crafts, and Something Wicked about folkloric true crime from across history) plus Local Legends episodes on Saturdays - interviews with acclaimed authors, folklorists, podcasters and historians with unique perspectives on that week's county.
    With a range of exclusive content on Patreon, too, including audio ghost tours, the Three Ravens Newsletter, and monthly Three Ravens Film Club episodes about folk horror films from across the decades, why not join us around the campfire and listen in?
    Learn more at www.threeravenspodcast.com, join our Patreon at www.patreon.com/threeravenspodcast, and find links to our social media channels here: https://linktr.ee/threeravenspodcast
    Get bonus content on Patreon
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    • 1 hr 59 min
    Local Legends #12: Amy Boucher

    Local Legends #12: Amy Boucher

    For our penultimate Local Legends episode for Series 4, Martin gathers round the campfire to talk about the folklore of Shropshire with Amy Boucher.
    Amy is a writer and a folklorist, an educator and a podcaster. She focuses on her native Shropshire, with her emphasis primarily being on the interplay between folklore, history and the paranormal.
    Like many of us, Amy is fascinated by perceptions of the past as seen through the lens of folk beliefs. We first encountered her through Twitter, and tumbled headlong into her blog, Nearly Knowledgeable History, which is amazing. And from there we listened to her audiodrama podcast ‘Best of Men’ which, if you’re after a spooky adventure, comes highly recommended!
    If you read Haunted Magazine then there’s every chance you’ll know Amy from its pages. She is an Ambassador for Haunted, her articles are great, and just this month Amy announced her new podcast, The Shropshire Witches.
    As you will shortly hear, Amy is incredibly well-informed and passionate about Shropshire’s folklore. She could talk Shropshire for days, and be consistently interesting and funny, and we're so happy to be finally sharing our chat, which we recorded a few weeks ago.
    To learn more about Amy and her work, visit nearlyknowledgeablehistory.blogspot.com.
    The Three Ravens is an English Myth and Folklore podcast hosted by award-winning writers Martin Vaux and Eleanor Conlon.
    Released on Mondays, each weekly episode focuses on one of England's 39 historic counties, exploring the history, folklore and traditions of the area, from ghosts and mermaids to mythical monsters, half-forgotten heroes, bloody legends, and much, much more. Then, and most importantly, the pair take turns to tell a new version of an ancient story from that county - all before discussing what that tale might mean, where it might have come from, and the truths it reveals about England's hidden past...
    Bonus Episodes are released on Thursdays (Magic and Medicines about folk remedies and arcane spells, Three Ravens Bestiary about cryptids and mythical creatures, Dying Arts about endangered heritage crafts, and Something Wicked about folkloric true crime from across history) plus Local Legends episodes on Saturdays - interviews with acclaimed authors, folklorists, podcasters and historians with unique perspectives on that week's county.
    With a range of exclusive content on Patreon, too, including audio ghost tours, the Three Ravens Newsletter, and monthly Three Ravens Film Club episodes about folk horror films from across the decades, why not join us around the campfire and listen in?
    Learn more at www.threeravenspodcast.com, join our Patreon at www.patreon.com/threeravenspodcast, and find links to our social media channels here: https://linktr.ee/threeravenspodcast
    Get bonus content on Patreon
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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Something Wicked #10: H.H. Holmes

    Something Wicked #10: H.H. Holmes

    In our final bonus episode for Series 4, we're exploring the truly wild life and genuinely abominable crimes of H.H. Holmes, America's first serial killer.
    Part of the "Something Wicked" series, we start by chatting through how communication technology in the 19th century created a much more anonymous society, one in which a man born Herman Webster Mudgett in New Hampshire could grow up and skip across national borders, and between over a half dozen states, to assume new identities and commit both audacious acts of fraud and ghastly murder sprees for over 20 years without getting caught.
    We then discuss the specifics of Mudgett's life, including his multiple marriages, early career selling cadavers, and the journey that brought him to his most infamous hunting ground: Chicago, at the time of the 1893 World's Fair.
    From his many wild money-making schemes to the construction of his custom-built 'Murder Castle' into which he lured and dissected his victims - thought to number up to 200 people - we dig into the details. What is actually known about what he did, what is speculated upon, and how the "yellow journalism" of his time made Holmes a folk hero - all before the truth started to emerge about his grisly journey to incarceration and, ultimately, the hangman's noose.
    Along the way we'll also be answering important questions, such as, how many wives is too many wives? And how exactly do you build a Murder Castle? But unlike some of our previous Something Wicked subjects, there's no ambiguity about this one: Herman Mudgett was an extraordinarily evil man, and to discover quite how evil then do be sure to gather round the campfire and listen in...
    The Three Ravens is an English Myth and Folklore podcast hosted by award-winning writers Martin Vaux and Eleanor Conlon.
    Released on Mondays, each weekly episode focuses on one of England's 39 historic counties, exploring the history, folklore and traditions of the area, from ghosts and mermaids to mythical monsters, half-forgotten heroes, bloody legends, and much, much more. Then, and most importantly, the pair take turns to tell a new version of an ancient story from that county - all before discussing what that tale might mean, where it might have come from, and the truths it reveals about England's hidden past...
    Bonus Episodes are released on Thursdays (Magic and Medicines about folk remedies and arcane spells, Three Ravens Bestiary about cryptids and mythical creatures, Dying Arts about endangered heritage crafts, and Something Wicked about folkloric true crime from across history) plus Local Legends episodes on Saturdays - interviews with acclaimed authors, folklorists, podcasters and historians with unique perspectives on that week's county.
    With a range of exclusive content on Patreon, too, including audio ghost tours, the Three Ravens Newsletter, and monthly Three Ravens Film Club episodes about folk horror films from across the decades, why not join us around the campfire and listen in?
    Learn more at www.threeravenspodcast.com, join our Patreon at www.patreon.com/threeravenspodcast, and find links to our social media channels here: https://linktr.ee/threeravenspodcast
    Get bonus content on Patreon
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Series 4 Episode 12: Shropshire

    Series 4 Episode 12: Shropshire

    On this week's episode we're headed back to Shropshire in North West England, and Eleanor is telling a Devil tale with a twist...
    We start off chatting about St Killian, about whom Martin is decidedly unimpressed, after which we sidle on into Shropshire!
    In addition to talking about the Wrekin, A.E. Housman's A Shropshire Lad, and the morbid nature of some of Shropshire's folk magic, we get the pastry out once again for this week's County Dish, Fidget Pie!
    After some folkloric chat about topics including Fulk Fitzwarin, Mitchell's Fold stone circle, and the witch Nanny Morgan, plus some excerpts from this week's devilishly good Local Legends interview with Shropshire native Haunted magazine's Amy Boucher, author of the outstanding Nearly Knowledgeable blog, it's on to the main event: Eleanor's story "A Game of Cards."
    Speak to you again on Thursday for our last Something Wicked bonus episode for the series, all about H.H. Holmes and, if you're a Patreon supporter, our Patreon Exclusive for July about England's Atlantis, the lost city of Dunwich!
    The Three Ravens is an English Myth and Folklore podcast hosted by award-winning writers Martin Vaux and Eleanor Conlon.
    Released on Mondays, each weekly episode focuses on one of England's 39 historic counties, exploring the history, folklore and traditions of the area, from ghosts and mermaids to mythical monsters, half-forgotten heroes, bloody legends, and much, much more. Then, and most importantly, the pair take turns to tell a new version of an ancient story from that county - all before discussing what that tale might mean, where it might have come from, and the truths it reveals about England's hidden past...
    Bonus Episodes are released on Thursdays (Magic and Medicines about folk remedies and arcane spells, Three Ravens Bestiary about cryptids and mythical creatures, Dying Arts about endangered heritage crafts, and Something Wicked about folkloric true crime from across history) plus Local Legends episodes on Saturdays - interviews with acclaimed authors, folklorists, podcasters and historians with unique perspectives on that week's county.
    With a range of exclusive content on Patreon, too, including audio ghost tours, the Three Ravens Newsletter, and monthly Three Ravens Film Club episodes about folk horror films from across the decades, why not join us around the campfire and listen in?
    Learn more at www.threeravenspodcast.com, join our Patreon at www.patreon.com/threeravenspodcast, and find links to our social media channels here: https://linktr.ee/threeravenspodcast
    Get bonus content on Patreon
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    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Kevanger ,

We love it!

Our family enjoys listening on road trips around the midwestern United States. Informative, fun, and a bit spooky. Thank you!
Kristi, Brent, Archer, and Nels

Denise and Pip ,

Loved Martin’s Arthurian story

I recently discovered The Three Ravens and am really enjoying the podcasts. The recent Cornwall episode was excellent. Martin’s take on the once and future king story was most entertaining! Looking forward to future episodes and catching up on all the older ones I missed.

Cheers!
Denise

SPete77027 ,

Must listen podcast for Anglophiles and folklore fans!

I was introduced to the podcast through listening to the History of England podcast. I instantly fell in love. Eleanor and Martin are so entertaining with their part travelogue, part folklore and history, and beautiful storytelling. I lose myself in imagining landscapes of misty green or rocky coastlines where Arthur is said to have walked, or learning about dying arts and crafts like fan making. And I can’t wait to find out where they will take us next.

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