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Sunday, February 16, 2014

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Stephanie

Just wondering about the Roggen Festival Day. The word Roggen means Rye, I believe, in German. I wonder if that may have something to do with the name...
Anglo Saxon or Viking perhaps?
Love, love, love your podcast by the way!
Thanks so much!
Fezziwig

The History of England

Hmm, not sure. It's an attractive thought...I did go to encyclopedia britannica, where they say:
'The Major Rogation originated as a Christian festival to supplant a pagan Roman festival, Robigalia, which consisted of a procession from Rome to a point outside the city, where a dog and a sheep were sacrificed to save the crops from blight (robigo, “wheat rust”)'...'... but then the online dictionary seems to nail it -

'Latin rogātiōn- (stem of rogātiō ), equivalent to rogāt ( us ) (past participle of rogāre to ask, beg) + -iōn- -ion'

So that seems to be it - pleading not to have wheat blight!!

Pam Toan

I've only just caught up with this episode and I must say I really enjoyed it. I have always loved history but I find I am quite familiar with the politics but I'm enjoying social history more and more. You do manage to come up some really interesting little gems.
Keep up the good work - your podcasts are one of the highlights of my week. I am following them in Cambodia where we are just entering the hot and humid season and they are a real taste of home (Chester UK) for me.

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