Folklore of SussexPaperback
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- Publisher: The History Press Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 192 pages
- Dimensions: 160mm x 230mm x 20mm | 340g
- Publication date: 1 August 2009
- Publication City/Country: Stroud
- ISBN 10: 0752451006
- ISBN 13: 9780752451008
- Illustrations note: Illustrations
- Sales rank: 1,021,402
Sussex, although near London and nowadays extensively urbanized, has a rich heritage of traditional local stories, customs and beliefs. Among many topics explored here are tales linked to landscape features and ancient churches which involve such colorful themes as lost bells, buried treasures, dragons, fairies and the devil. There are also traditions relating to ghosts, graves and gibbets and the strange powers of witches. Everyday life is reflected in the customs and beliefs surrounding birth, marriage and death and in traditional cures for illness. This book, when it was first published in 1973, was the first to be entirely devoted to Sussex folklore. This new edition contains information collected over the last thirty years, updated accounts of county customs and, alongside the original line drawings, is illustrated with photographs and printed ephemera relating to Sussex lore.
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Jacqueline Simpson, who has lived in Sussex all her life, is a prominent member of the Folklore society and has written extensively on both English and Scandinavian traditions. She co-produced A Dictionary of English Folklore.