Professor David Hendy tells the story of a Medieval street party that lasted for eight weeks, with streets filled with processions, animal baiting, games and mystery plays.
Feast days in Medieval Europe were noisy affairs - the streets filled with processions, animal baiting, games and mystery plays.
Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex tells the story of a Somerset town where a church ale got out of hand and the party went on for eight weeks. Then, as now, being raucous in the streets was a way for the dispossessed to make themselves heard - and revelry could easily tip into revolt.
30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.
Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.