- in the middle ages
holiday activities were often held on September 29th,
following the equinox, marking the official end of the farming and accounting
year. This was an important time, when manor books were closed out, rents paid, a new reeve (the chief
officer of the village) was chosen, and storehouses stocked for the winter
Michael, patron saint of Somerset, revered in
medieval times for his strength and courage, is the angel credited with casting
Lucifer out of paradise and
conveying souls off to the place of judgement, for which reason he is also
patron saint of trades using scales
(chefs, goldsmiths, and millers, no doubt).
this holiday traditionally was symbolized with
glofe, gees, and gyngeuer.
represented the open-handedness and generosity of the lord of the village, goose eaten for good luck in the coming year (�If you eat goose on
Michelmasse day, you will never want money all year�), and ginger, believed to provide protection against infection.
The harvest feast paid the laborers for their boon work with meat, fish,
ale and good bread