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Where can you find the 'Devil's footprints'? What happened at the 'hangman's stone'? Did Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street, ever really exist? Where was King Arthur laid to rest? Bringing together tales of hauntings, highwaymen, family curses and lovers' leaps, this magnificent guide will take you on a magical journey through England's legendary past....

Title : The Lore of the Land: A Guide to England's Legends, from Spring-Heeled Jack to the Witches of Warboys
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ISBN : 9780141007113
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 918 Pages
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The Lore of the Land: A Guide to England's Legends, from Spring-Heeled Jack to the Witches of Warboys Reviews

  • Simon
    2018-08-31 16:01

    The Lore of the Land: A Guide to England’s Legends relates various legends that are associated with certain place-names. There are stories of headless ghosts, witches, boggarts (JK Rowling didn’t invent the term), large black phantom dogs (including the infamous Padfoot), and entries for the villages of Dursley, Bagshot and Dawlish. There’s also a story of a witch and a wizard who lived in a tower and were heard to speak in a strange unknown language. Their lives ended, so the legend goes, in a bolt of lightning that struck the tower! The book is a well-researched quality publication that quotes actual sources, unlike the mostly cheap, sensationalist tripe that’s out there. One of my favourite entries is the source of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles. The old legend recounted in the story was a retelling of an actual legend about a lecherous squire who was purportedly ripped to shreds by a phantom dog. Then there’s a great legendary ghost story that emanated from a village abutting the New Forest, close to where my maternal grandfather was born. In 1685, a woman innkeeper housed two rebels in her inn. When the militia caught them the Chief Justice, Judge Jeffreys, a notorious executioner, had her beheaded for harbouring traitors. Her headless body, with her head in her hands, is said to ride around inside a driverless carriage pulled by four headless horses. The authors noted that some stories were put around by smugglers to frighten off the curious, while many accusations of witchcraft were the result of personal vendettas or worse, and then there were the usual morality tales told to frighten children.

  • Ben Lovegrove
    2018-09-17 10:41

    The ultimate anthology of all England's supernatural mythologies as told by the now extinct peasant classes

  • Ramona Wray
    2018-09-07 11:06

    Well-structured and endlessly informative. An engaging read.

  • Susan
    2018-09-12 14:52

    Whew! I have to say, for a book of its girth, the binding holds up remarkably well. Kudos to Penguin for that.There's a lot of repetition in the stories--the Devil, giants, white ladies, black dogs*, fairies, hobs, Anglo-Saxon saints+, skulls, and so on. It's interesting to see how similar stories spread across the land and how people came up with legends to explain place names, carvings, and family crests. * apparently 1/6 of the spectral black dogs in England are poodles. o_O+ seriously, if you were an Anglo-Saxon noble and converted to Christianity, did they just automatically make you a saint?

  • Lavender Brooke
    2018-08-30 08:48

    I love this book. It's one that has guided my descison making for the past few years. By that I mean for choosing days out or weekends away - while it is a lovely book it would be less helpful for the bigger descisions in life like: 'Should I marry him? Is this the right career for me? Do I need another slice of cake? etc...What it does have are lovely photos, interesting historical information and fantastic folk tales, myths and legends about hundreds of places in Britain that you will suddenly be desperate to visit after dipping into this book.

  • Alex Fielding
    2018-08-30 09:46

    Some of the stories are short, but it does give you a full scale of the stories across England. One to dip into before and after you visit a town or city.

  • Ruric Amhari
    2018-09-24 09:37

    Fabulous gazetteer which deals with England county by couny. A-Z entries for the myth, legend and folkore for each county. Treasure trove of England's myths.

  • Allen
    2018-09-09 08:52

    This is a great book you can dip in and out of. Full of England's legends to share with friends.

  • A.L. Butcher
    2018-09-26 10:44

    This is a fascinating book covering every county in England. Tales of ghosts, giants, heroes, villains, monsters, place-names, kings, witches and so much more. England has a very rich history of folklore - some of it very strange indeed! The accounts are about a paragraph or so each, interspersed with longer two-page spreads, images and at 900 or so pages is a hefty read. This is a must for any fan of English history, folk-lore, fairy tales, ghost stories, and the general oddness of folk.Many of the counties had similar beliefs, some now seeming strange to us and some of the accounts are sad, some funny, and some just plain weird. Most are from the fairly recent or more distant past - when science was in its infancy and religion accounted for most people's knowledge of the world. Yet it wasn't clear cut as belief in god went hand in hand with belief in fairies, giants and dragons. You'd be surprised how many churches were moved; how often the Devil tried to drown/bury or otherwise play havoc with a town; how many dragons and giants stride the land and how many ghosts, headless horses and boggarts haunt us. This is a book which shows us the mythic past of England. The book is long but a great resource, and a great book to dip into.

  • Ben Stimpson
    2018-09-16 08:07

    Lore of the Land is a seminal work, following on several other similar volumes by Jennifer Westwood and her collaborators. I found this guide accessible, chock full of stories ranging from supernatural beings to folk heroes, legendary history to pre-modern warfare. The book is devised per county, and has handy maps showing the location of legends and stories. Many times the writers will give contextual information on why a particular story is present, or speak to common motifs.

  • DreamingSpiresBecca
    2018-08-27 14:57

    Linking places to legends, and legends to places. It brings our ancestors closer to us, by sharing their beliefs and fears, many of which persist today, and have travelled beyond UK borders. Fascinating and informative.

  • Fraser Sherman
    2018-09-20 10:56

    If English folklore is your thing, this is the book. An amazing collection of geographically organized legends, including tales of red-handed murderers, screaming skulls, demonic black dogs, witches, sunken churches and giant earthworks. Great fun.

  • Lizzie
    2018-09-19 09:54

    Awesome random used bookstore impulse buy of the day award. <3

  • Peter Coster
    2018-09-21 09:59

    Information on so many historical people and places. A great reference book that can point in the direction of addition research.

  • Angela Reeves
    2018-09-22 10:37

    read this before ok

  • Luke Scriven
    2018-09-22 15:47

    A fantastic and comprehensive collection of folklore fro England. A great read!