Excerpt from The Archaeological Journal, 1883, Vol. 40: Published Under the Direction of the Council of the Royal Archaeological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, for the Encouragement and Prosecution of Researches Into the Arts and Monuments of the Early and Middle Ages
... />The break between the old and the new seems to have been easily bridged over. The Ale Feast of the Middle Ages was the converted child of a heathen sire. How deep the conversion went we may guess, but shall never know. It is not improbable that if some old worshipper of the thunder-god could have arisen from his grave-mound by the churchyard side and joined in the ale going on within the sacred enclosure he would have discovered, when all was in full swing, that the difference in morals and manners between the fifth and the fifteenth century was not so great as those who believe so confidently in progress could have Wished him to have found it.
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