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A Treasury of British Folklore: Maypoles, Mandrakes & Mistletoe (Hardcover)


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Did you know, in Yorkshire it was believed a person lying on a pillow stuffed with pigeon’s feathers could not die? Or that green is an unlucky colour for wedding dresses—in Scotland they would not even serve green vegetables at the wedding breakfast? In the West Country, the seventh son of a seventh son has the power to cure ringworm. You’ve heard about St. George, but how about the Green Man, who was believed to rule over the natural world? Or Black Shuck, the giant ghostly dog who was reputed to roam East Anglia? As well as looking at the history of this subject, this book has a directory of places you can go to see folklore alive and well today. The Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival, for example, or wassailing cider orchards in Somerset.

About the Author

Dee Dee Chainey is an archaeologist by training and co-founder of popular website Folklore Thursday. 
Product Details
ISBN: 9781911358398
ISBN-10: 1911358391
Publisher: National Trust
Publication Date: August 1st, 2018
Pages: 204
Language: English