The 1510 Betley Window uses Morris Dance figures to tell the story of the Welsh GlynDŵr Rising, in which Rhys, Gwilym and Maredudd ap Tudur supported their cousin Owain GlynDŵr in his rebellion against King Henry IV, deposer of their patron, Richard II. All 3 brothers were outlawed in 1406. Maredudd's son Owen Tudor married Catherine of Valois and founded the Tudor Dynasty.
The earliest references and iconography of morris dancing and its ancestor, ‘moresk’ dancing, indicate that the pipe and tabor provided the music. In the early 15th Century, moresk was a fashionable entertainment in courts across Europe. It consisted of exotic … Continue reading →
A Morris dance is a form of English folk dance usually accompanied by music. It is based on rhythmic stepping and the execution of choreographed figures by a group of dancers. Implements such as sticks, swords, and handkerchiefs may also be wielded by the dancers. In a small number of dances for one or two men, steps are performed near and across a pair of clay tobacco pipes laid across each other on the floor.
Hunters Moon are a Morris side from Eastbourne who dance in the 'Border' tradition; that is they perform dances in the style traditional to the counties of Worcestershire, Shropshire and Herefordshire.