39. Roman Ghosts of Britain

Throughout the British Isles, people claim to see the specters of Roman soldiers, but there may be more to these stories than initially meets the eye. In this episode, Matt constrains himself to sightings of Roman ghosts, specifically in England, to discuss what these stories may be telling us about English/British identity and their attitudes towards history.

This episode was written by Matthew Armstrong with music by Matthew Armstrong and production assistance from Kaylia Metcalfe.

The transcript for this episode can be found here.

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Show Notes and Sources

Video of Roman Ghost in Outwood:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpUie00misE

BBC News: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/bradford/7029051.stm

Cheshire Live:   https://www.cheshire-live.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/ghostly-sightings-chester-roman-legion-16358287

Cheshire Live: https://www.cheshire-live.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/haunted-chester-ghost-stories-spooky-10287857

The Daily Mail:  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6198435/Psychic-claims-M6-haunted-crashes-caused-GHOSTS.html

Hub 4:  https://hub-4.com/news/tarmac-has-found-britains-spookiest-road

The Guardian:  https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/oct/31/britishidentity.martinwainwright

LancsLive:   https://www.lancs.live/news/lancashire-news/roman-soldiers-spooky-hitchhiker-strange-19147725

Metro UK: https://metro.co.uk/2006/10/31/highways-to-hell-322507/

National Geographic:   https://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/article/fear-among-roman-ghosts-richardson

The National Trust:   https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/by-the-look-of-you-youve-seen-the-romans

UPI:   https://www.upi.com/Archives/1977/01/19/Ghosts-of-Roman-soldiers-haunt-ancient-city-of-York/6631571073639/

YorkMix:  https://yorkmix.com/seven-things-probably-dont-know-treasurers-house-yorks-hidden-jewel/

Finucane, David J. 2001. Historical Introduction: The Example of Early Modern and Nineteenth-Century England. In Hauntings and Poltergeists, Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Edited by James Houran and Rense Lange. 

Hanks, Michele. 2015. Haunted Heritage: The Cultural Politics of Ghost Tourism, Populism, and the Past. Routledge, London.

Miles, Tiya. 2015. Tales From the Haunted South: Dark Tourism and Memories of Slavery from the Civil War Era. The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill NC. 

Pirok, Alena. 2019. Goodwin’s Ghosts: Colonial Williamsburg’s Uncanny Legacy. The Public Historian, Vol. 41, No. 3 (August 2019), pp. 9–30.

Ruickbie, Leo. 2013. A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting: How to Investigate Paranormal Activity from Spirits and Hauntings to Poltergeists. Little, Brown Book Group. Boston, MA. 

Simon, Kate, Suzanne King. 2018. Cheshire. Bradt Travel Guides, Chalfont Saint Peter, United Kingdom. 

If you have a story about a ghost, some bit of folklore, or anyting else you want to share, please contact me.

Published by kayliametcalfe

Queer,loudmouth,skeptical-agnostic-pagan,book addict,coffee lover,wine drinker, SAHM,writer,editor,producer,podcaster. -She/her

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