By Jacqueline Simpson
With 1250 entries starting from dragons to mom Goose, may perhaps Day to Michaelmas, this enthralling dictionary unfurls the colourful background in the back of the vacations, customs, legends, and superstitious ideals of britain. Ever ask yourself why we kiss less than the mistletoe at Christmas or imagine a rabbit's foot brings strong good fortune? folklore gurus offer trustworthy and sometimes staggering solutions to those and different curiosities that experience formed everyday life in England for hundreds of years. They discover the gala's and prior celebrations of the English calendar, from St. Andrews Day and its culture of drunkenness and cross-dressing to 12th evening and its king and queen cake. additionally they offer concise photographs of actual and mythical characters that populate the general public reminiscence, together with Robin Hood, The Brothers Grimm, girl Godiva, Puck, and The Sandman. Fairies, mermaids, hobgoblins, and changelings are yet the various supernatural forces surveyed right here. notwithstanding, as folklore encompasses the mundane in addition to the glorious, a variety of different entries remove darkness from the importance of colours, numbers, flora, animals, and family items. study the curious historical past at the back of our mistrust of the "black sheep," well known credence in "wishbone" needs, people therapies for nosebleeds and warts, and protracted outdated other halves' stories. as well as historical and medieval folklore, you can find many modern city legends, e.g., the vanishing hitchhiker--a spooky determine obvious ominously by means of tourists in Britain and the United States--and the teeth Fairy. An interesting source, The Dictionary of English Folklore should be a desirable better half for readers of English literature, historical past, cultural experiences, and delusion.
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She made little attempt to publish her collection, but her manuscripts were eventually donated to the *English Folk Dance and Song Society and are now housed in the *Vaughan Williams Memorial Library. Michael Pickering, Village Song and Culture (1982); Michael Pickering, FMJ 3:2 (1976), 114–57. boar’s head. Bringing in the boar’s head, on a huge plate, was a potent symbol of old *Christmas on a grand scale, popular with Victorian illustrators to evoke a *Merrie England tradition. It survives at Queen’s College, Oxford, but certainly existed elsewhere; for example at the Inns of Court, St John’s Gate, Clerkenwell, and St John’s College, Cambridge.
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A Dictionary of English Folklore by Jacqueline Simpson