The Green Children of Woolpit

The Babes in the Wood, from "The Compete Collection of Pictures & Songs" by Randolph Caldecott, 1887. Public domain

In the 12th century, two children, green in color, appeared in Suffolk, England. The green children were written about in the 12th and 13th centuries as fact, but some people today classify as this tale as folklore.

Tracy's Research:

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Topics in this Podcast: Halloween episodes, history mysteries, 12th century, British history, orphans