The famous manuscript known as the Codex Mendaciorum was discovered in a druidic barrow in the Grass Wood, a mysterious and atmospheric site in North Yorkshire. The Codex tells the history of a tribe of wandering dancers and minstrels, the Fracti Saxorum Quadratorum.
Much of the content is obscure, and detailed textual analysis is difficult. It does, however, suggest that the morris is more ancient than current evidence would indicate. A substantial fragment includes the earliest known example of an ancient drinking song which re-appeared centuries later, only slightly modified, in the mediaeval Carmina Burana. This contains a clear reference to the ritual use of an intoxicating dusky ovine liquid:
Even more exciting to folk historians is the apparent source of the legend of the doomed village of Semerwater and its famous pudding, described thus:
Paulus Hudsonius fecit
Flagcrackers of Craven