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The Green Man:
The Archetype of our Oneness with the Earth

William Anderson

Book Description:-
The Green movement and the women's movement have picked up on the scientific Gaia hypothesis, which suggests that the planet Earth is a single living organism. The next stage of the ecological revolution begins with the re-awakening of the male counterpart of the Goddess, the Green Man, and archetype found in folklore and religious art from the earliest times, and especially linked with Christian origins of modern science. Long suppressed, the archetype emerges now to challenge us to heal our relationship with nature.

About the Author:-
William Anderson is a poet and author of books on may subjects including Dante the Maker (1980), which won the International PEN Club Award "The Silver Pen." His other works include a book of poems, The Waking Dream (1983), and a life of the visionary artist Ceil Collins (1988). He writes for Parabola and lectures widely.

The Green Man

Kathleen Basford

"The medieval churches and cathedrals of Western Europe are full of fantastic images. This is the story of one of them - the foliate head, a face or mask with leaves sprouting from it which we, in Britain, nowadays call the Green Man. The Green Man is probably the most common decorative motif of medieval sculpture that has been left to us.... a remarkably adaptable motif: it could be manipulated to fit any space or position where ornament was required."

"This book has opened up new avenues of research, not only into medieval man's understanding of nature, and into conceptions of death, rebirth, and resurrection in the middle ages, but also into our concern today with ecology and our relationship with the green world." - William Anderson, author of Green Man: The Archetype of our Oneness with the Earth.

A Little Book of the Green Man
(Little Books Of...Series)

Mike Harding


(July 1998) 64 pages

From the back cover:-
His face stares down at us enigmatically from the corbels and capitals of churches across Europe. He has been linked to Robin Hood, Pan, the Oak King and the Holly King; he has been seen as a symbol of Life in Death and of Death in Life; he is echoed perhaps in the antics of Jack in the Green who goes before the May Day processions and he is evoked, too, in the leaps of the Morris Dancers of England, the Burry Man of Edinburghna dht eLeaf Men of Switzerland.
Nobody knows his real significance and yet everybody who sees him understands without knowing that he represents something very deep and very important. For such a blatantly Pagan image to have persisted in Christian churches all over Europe surely implies a tremendous power and significance.
In this book there are whisperings and echoes and thought there are no concrete answers there are some paths and avenues that the Green Man might lead you down for he has a story to tell - if only we knew how to listen.

Back flap:-
Mike Harding is a stand-up comic, an actor, playwright, poet, and writer of books on walking in places as far apart as the Hindu Kush and the west of Ireland. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a half-reasonable cook, a brilliant photographer and a very poor gardener.


The Quest for the
Green Man

John Matthews

Hardcover - 144 pages; (August 2001); Quest Books

From the back cover:-
The Quest for the Green Man takes us on an exciting journey across twenty centuries and through dozens of cultures around the world - all of which have acknowledged, in one form or another, the presence of a mysterious leafy figure that personifies the generative masculine power of the earth.

Folklore expert John Matthews, author of the prize-winning The Winter Solstice (Quest Books 1998), tells the long history of this remarkable being, from his origins in the prehistoric past to his re-emergence in the modern ecological movement.


Tree Wisdom

Jacqueline Memory Paterson

Paperback - 288 pages
(March 1997)
Thorsons Publications

Back Cover:-
Tree Wisdom explores the world of trees through the eyes of the ancients and our eyes of today. Trees existed long before humans and provide a unique holistic insight into our relationship with the land. In this time of increasing ecological awareness trees have become a symbol of our connection with Nature.

Concentrating on the indigenous trees of Britain through the changing seasons of the year, Jacqueline Memory Paterson draws on years of extensive research to tell the story of each individual species of tree. This beautifully illustrated work covers every aspect of tree wisdom, including comprehensive physical descriptions and botanical illustrations; the legends and myths surrounding each tree, its healing powers, both for ourselves and the planet; its artistic and practical uses, its specific inspirational and magical properties; and how each features in the ancient tree alphabet

Jacqueline Memory Paterson has lived most of her life in the West Country, developing her unique understanding through an intense relationship with Nature. She is deeply involved with alternative educative theatre, and as Archdruidess of Glastonbury she has campaigned for the right of people to worship at Stonehenge. She currently holds the Bardic Chair of Avebury.

The Green Man in Britain
Fran Doel, Geoff Doel

Paperback - 128 pages (June 2001)
Tempus Pub Ltd


The Jack-in-the-Green

Roy Judge

The Jack-in-the-Green is another term for the Green Man in Medieval and Elizabethan Britain.


Further Reading:-

(Courtesy of the Indigo Group & Albion Press of the U.K.)

J. Romilly Allen Norman sculpture and the medieval bestiaries 1887 (reprinted Llanerch Publishers c.1990)
J.H. Betty and C.W.G. Taylor Sacred and satiric: medieval stone carving in the West Country Redcliffe 1982
Lester Burbank BridahamGargoyles, chimeres and the grotesque in French Gothic sculpture Da Capa Press (New York) 1969
Christopher Brighton Lincoln cathedral cloister bosses Honywood Press 1985
R.O.M. and H.M. Carter 'The foliate head in England' Folklore Vol.78 pp269-74
C.J.P. Cave Roof-bosses in medieval churches Cambridge University Press 1948
C.J.P. Cave Lincoln roof bosses Friends of Lincoln Cathedral 2nd ed 1951
Brandon S. Centerwall 'The name of the Green Man', Folklore Vol.108 (1997) pp25-33.
Joy Cross Imagery in the churches of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire Center for Local History, University of Nottingham 1991
Anne Cudmore 'Torture or toothache?' Countryman 99iii 1994 p64-68 and letters Countryman 99v p130
Thirlie Grundy Cry pure, cry pagan in Carlisle cathedral Thumbprint 1995
Thirlie Grundy The misericord carvings in Chester cathedralThumbprint 1995
Thirlie Grundy The misericord carvings in the cathedral church of St Nicholas, Newcastle upon TyneThumbprint 1995
Thirlie Grundy The misericord carvings in the cathedral church of Exeter cathedral Thumbprint 1995
Thirlie Grundy The misericord carver of Hexham Abbey Thumbprint 1997
Alan Harrison ‘The Green Men of Charente [France]’ RILKO Journal No.48 (1996) p15-17
Barry Head 'The incredible Green Man' Yorkshire Life Vol.34 No.9, September 1980 p54-5
Peter Hill In search of the Green Man in Northamptonshire Orman 1996
Charles Keyser A list of Norman tympana and lintels Elliot Stock, 2nd ed 1927
George Lloyd Medieval carved stones at Mold Journal of the Flintshire Historical Society Vol.18 1960 p164-8
Gloria Parkin Grotesques from Durham Cathedral Gilesgate Studio 1989
Lady Raglan 'The Green Man in church architecture' Folklore Vol.50 1939 pp35-47
Alan Senior 'Masked messengers' Scottish memories December 1996 p33-4
L. Stone Sculpture in Britain: the middle ages Penguin 1955
F.H. Thompson (ed) Studies in medieval sculpture Society of Antiquaries 1983
M.W. Tisdall God's beasts: Identify and understand animals in church carvings Charlesfort Press 1998
R.N. Trubshaw Ancient and modern myths of dragon-slaying saints Heart of Albion Press 1993
R.N. Trubshaw Good gargoyle guide: medieval church carvings in Leicestershire and Rutland Heart of Albion Press 1991
R.N. Trubshaw Little-known Leicestershire and Rutland Heart of Albion Press 1995
R.N. TrubshawLittle-known Leicestershire and Rutland - the hypertext Heart of Albion Press 1996
R.N. Trubshaw 'The Green men of Warmington' Northamptonshire Local History News Vol.III No.9 Spring 1996 p1-3
R.N. Trubshaw ‘The facts and fancies of the foliate face’ At the Edge No.4, 1996 p25-28
J.H. Vaux The Canterbury monsters Mereborough Books 1989
Ben Whitwell 'The Green Man: a study' in Land people and landscape ed. D. Tyszka, K. Miller and G. Bryant, Lincolnshire Books 1991 (Lincolnshire examples)
T. Tindall Wildridge The grotesque in church art William Andrews 1899
T. Tindall Wildridge Animals of the church in wood, stone and bronze Heart of Albion Press 1991 [reprint of chapter from The church treasury, ed. W. Andrews, 1898]
Joan Wilkins ‘The Green Man’ Sussex history No.31 1991
Ruth Wylie 'The Green Man: variations on a theme', At the Edge No.4 1996 p20-24 (includes 14 b&w photos)

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