Monday, January 13, 2014

In Wolf-Month, a Man & His Dog (1826)

"According to Veistegan (Restitution of Decayed Intelligence 4to. 1628 p. 59) the Saxons called this month Wolfmonat or Wolf-month because the wolves of our ancient forests, impelled by hunger at this season, were wont to prowl and attack man himself; the inferior animals on whom they usually preyed having retired or perished from the inclemency of the weather."

William Hone. The Every-day Book: Or Everlasting Calendar of Popular Amusements, Sports, Pastime, Ceremonies, Manners, Customs, and Events, Incident to Each of the Three Hundred and Sixty-five Days, in Past and Present Times; Forming a Complete History of the Year, Months, & Seasons. And a Perpetual Key to the Almanack; Including Accounts of the Weather, Rules for Health and Conduct, Remarkable and Important Anecdotes, Facts, and Notices, in Chronology, Antiquities, Topography, Biography, Natural History, Art, Science, and General Literature; Derived from the Most Authentic Sources, and Valuable Original Communications, with Poetical Elucidations, for Daily Use and Diversion. (London: Hunt and Clark, 1826).