After Dinner Tale

DE WARE – WULF.
And it was during this extrmely callous period that Robert De Were
exercised his rights as Overlord of the extensive Sellwood forest on the Somerset Borders, in the area of Frome. By 1283 he was dead and the grant of this bailiwick was made over to William Wulf for life. So in this area of the West Country whether it was rich man entrenched in his minor castle-home or the poorest man situate and forest-poaching at Sellwood, the names of Ware and Wulf spelt fear at their mention, continuously for the better part of a century. It would seem therefore that the lingering echoes of forest tales with WARE – WULF connotation have, very probable roots to feed the highly imaginitive extravaganza of the much later ” Were – Wulf ” tales.

Transcribed in Exeter U.K. by W. Ware


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