Caput Apri Defero

The Boar’s Head at Oxford. The ancient ceremony of serving up a boar’s head in the hall of Queen’s College, Oxford, at Christmas, is still observed with much pomp and ceremony. The boar’s head is borne on the shoulders of two of the college servants, preceded by the Provost and Fellows of the society, and […]

Yparroked in Puwes

What is the Earliest Reference to Pews? It is hard to say whether the passage in Piers Plowman’s Vision is the earliest. It occurs at p. 95 of the edition of 1813, and is as follows:– “Among wyvcs and wodewes ich am ywoned sute Yparroked in puwes. The person hit knoweth.” [Passus VII. p. 95 […]