The Lore of the Land

The Lore of the Land : A Guide to England's Legends, from Spring-heeled Jack to the Witches of Warboys

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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. 'A fascinating county-by county guidebook to the headless horsemen, bottomless pools, immured adulteresses and talking animals that make up the hidden landscape of the country.' - "London Review of Books". 'Evokes an England terrified by screaming skulls, tantalized by hidden treasure, spooked by the unearthly clanging of bells, bewitched by fairies and hobgoblins' - "Country Life". 'Wonderful...Contains almost every myth, legend and ghost story ever told in England' - Simon Hoggart, "Guardian".

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  • Paperback | 928 pages
  • 152 x 212 x 52mm | 1,460.56g
  • 01 Feb 2010
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • col. Illustrations
  • 0141021039
  • 9780141021034
  • 268,175

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Jennifer Westwood's books include Albion: A Guide to Legendary Britain (1985), Gothick Cornwall (1992), Lost Atlantis (1997) and On Pilgrimage (2003). Dr Jacqueline Simpson's books include Icelandic Folktales and Legends (1971, 2004), The Folklore of the Welsh Border (1976, 2004), British Dragons (1980, 2000), and, with Steve Roud, A Dictionary of English Folklore (2000). She lives in West Sussex.

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Interesting and comprehensive

A very reasonably-priced, well-presented and well-researched book that manages to be both entertaining and informative. The writers' style is enjoyable to read, and the vast range of stories - in which highwaymen, fairies, mad men/women, royalty, waterhorses, spirits, dragons, ordinary humans and, of course, ghosts all make an appearance, as well as many more - are a delight to read. Sorted into the the various counties from which the stories originate (with maps, symbols and keys), and scattered with in-depth fact files on different topics on green-tinted paper, this is a fantastic book which I would highly recommend to anyone with an interest in history, folklore, stories or Britain (or all four!).show more
by Fran Adams