Sylvester and the Dragon

After the 1497 uprising, Bewnans Meriasek was written around AD1500 and no doubt performed around then and it is evidence of Cornish resentment towards the Tudor government. Bewnans Meriasek has been seen as “very much a standard late medieval vita”, although “written in the Cornish language and focused upon the district of Camborne, celebrating a […]

Two leaders of the uprising – Ralph Retallack and Thomas Polgrene

Of both Ralph Retallack and Thomas Polgrene (Polgreen), of St Columb and Polgreen (most likely Polgreen Manor near Polgooth) respectively, very little is known apart from their part in the rebellions of 1497, and their signatures to the petition against the unfair taxation (Rowse 1943, Payton 1996) Both had their lands, titles, liberties and property […]

One Leader of the Uprising – John Rosewarne of Rosewarne (near Camborne)

Until a short while ago, I did not link the Camborne Miracle Play ‘Bewnans Meryasek’, the 1497 uprising and a gentleman, John ‘Gentleman John’ de Rosewarne  from Rosewarne  near Camborne in the County of Kerrier in Cornwall. The uprising was concerning the taxes from King Henry Tudor to enable the English to fight the Scots. […]

Midsummer Bonfire Online

Midsummer Bonfire

Midsummer Bonfire Online Every year, on St John’s Eve (23rd June) the Cornish have celebrated midsummer with bonfires. Because the fires were postponed until we could be together again, Agan Tavas and the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies hosted a virtual bonfire on the 23rd June as part of Speak Cornish Week. Everyone could share […]

Games Evening

On Friday 25th October we are holding a board games evening, all welcome. Play Scrabble, Cluedo, Mouse Trap and many more including simple games like Snakes and Ladders for beginners. Venue: The Liberal Party Hall, Vivian Street, Camborne. Time: 7.00pm, £2.00 on the door, tea and light refreshments.

Bewnans Meryasek – edited by Ray Chubb

Publisher: Agan Tavas This fabulously interesting transliteration of the original 1504 version of the miracle play, Bewnans Meryasek or the Camborne Play, is of great interest to Cornish language speakers and also to those with no Cornish because it a bilingual edition with a literal English translation. It contains 12 illustrations taken, with permission, from […]