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Folk Lore, Old Customs and Superstitions in Shakespeare Land

Folk Lore, Old Customs and Superstitions in Shakespeare Land

Author: J. Harvey Bloom

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 9781473340893

Category: Social Science

Page: 202

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This vintage book contains a fascinating treatise on the customs and traditions of England, with information on its folklore, history, and more. From folk rhymes and funeral customs to brewing ale and the occult, this volume contains a wealth if information that will appeal to those with an interest in England and it's people. Contents include: "The Farmer and his Men", "Family Life: Marriage", "Christening and Birth Customs", "Children's Complaints", "Women's Indoor Work-Baking", "Brewing", "Washing", "Death and Funeral Customs", "The Husband and Wife", "Dress", "Farm Buildings", "The farm-house and Cottage", et cetera. Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with its original artwork and text. First published in 1929.

Telling the Bees and Other Customs

Telling the Bees and Other Customs

Author: Mark Norman

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 9780750995337

Category: Fiction

Page: 157

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As featured in The New York Times... Throughout the history of civilisation, traditional crafts have been passed down from hand to skilled hand. Blacksmithing, brewing, beekeeping, baking, milling, spinning, knitting and weaving: these skills held societies together, and so too shaped their folklore and mythology. Exploring the folklore connected with these rural crafts, Telling the Bees examines the customs, superstitions and stories woven into some of the world’s oldest trades. From the spinning of the Fates to the blacksmith’s relationship with the devil, and the symbolism of John Barleycorn to a ritual to create bees from the corpse of a cow – these are the traditions upon which our modern world was built.

Haunted England

Haunted England

Author: Jennifer Westwood

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141959535

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 480

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Watch out for a ghostly ship and its spectral crew off the coast of Cornwall Listen for the unearthly tread and rustling silk dress of Darlington's Lady Jarratt Shiver at the malevolent apparition of 50 Berkeley Square that no-one survives seeing Beware the black dog of Shap Fell: a sighting warns of fatal accidents England's past echoes with stories of unquiet spirits and hauntings, of headless highwaymen and grey ladies, indelible bloodstains and ghastly premonitions. Here, county by county, are the nation's most fascinating supernatural tales and bone-chilling legends: from a ghostly army marching across Cumbria to the vanishing hitchhiker of Bluebell Hill, from the gruesome Man-Monkey of Shropshire to the phantom congregation who gather for a 'Sermon of the Dead' ...

Encyclopedia of Folk Medicine

Encyclopedia of Folk Medicine

Author: Gabrielle Hatfield

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781576078747

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 392

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A wide-ranging compilation on the materia medica of the ordinary people of Britain and North America, comparing practices in both places. * Over 200 A-Z entries on all aspects of folk medicine from asthma and childbirth to poultice and warts * Primary source documents from a variety of public archives and private collections * Illustrations of plant, animal, and mineral sources for folk remedies * Complete and extensive end-of-entry references

Dictionary of Plant Lore

Dictionary of Plant Lore

Author: D.C. Watts

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 0080546021

Category: Science

Page: 488

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Knowledge of plant names can give insight into largely forgotten beliefs. For example, the common red poppy is known as "Blind Man" due to an old superstitious belief that if the poppy were put to the eyes it would cause blindness. Many plant names derived from superstition, folk lore, or primal beliefs. Other names are purely descriptive and can serve to explain the meaning of the botanical name. For example, Beauty-Berry is the name given to the American shrub that belongs to the genus Callicarpa. Callicarpa is Greek for beautiful fruit. Still other names come from literary sources providing rich detail of the transmission of words through the ages. Conceived as part of the author's wider interest in plant and tree lore and ethnobotanical studies, this fully revised edition of Elsevier's Dictionary of Plant Names and Their Origins contains over 30,000 vernacular and literary English names of plants. Wild and cultivated plants alike are identified by the botanical name. Further detail provides a brief account of the meaning of the name and detailed commentary on common usage. * Includes color images * Inclusive of all Latin terms with vernacular derivatives * The most comprehensive guide for plant scientists, linguists, botanists, and historians

Warwickshire Folk Tales

Warwickshire Folk Tales

Author: Cath Edwards

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 9780750997652

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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Old Warwickshire, the ancient heart of England, encompassed many iconic historic sites. Coventry, Rugby, Warwick, Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham, among others, all had tales to tell. Equally fascinating are the stories of the people, the virtuous and the villainous, who lived in the greenwoods and rolling hills of this celebrated county. Here are the folk tales passed from teller to listener over centuries, and the legends of the region’s famous sons and daughters. From Lady Godiva and Dick Turpin, to the murderous Foxcote Feud and Coventry’s claim to Saint George, storyteller Cath Edwards retells these tales and more with verve, vitality and vivid original illustrations.

Garlands, Conkers and Mother-Die

Garlands, Conkers and Mother-Die

Author: Roy Vickery

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780826444189

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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Plants have had symbolic as well as practical meanings and uses since the beginning of human civilisation. This vivid account introduces readers to a rich variety of British and Irish plant folklore, drawing on Roy Vickery's own unsurpassed archives collated over forty years, and a wide range of historical and contemporary literature. Unlike other books which re-use material collected in the Victorian era, this book is based on new material collected by the author, and shows that while some of the wilder superstitions have faded we still cling to the symbolic importance of plants. Putting conkers in wardrobes keeps moths away, and parsley - the Devil's plant - only germinates if sown on Good Friday. A potato in the bed helps do away with cramp and in Cornwall crawling under a bramble bush was considered a cure for blackheads. From plants that foretold births and deaths, to herbal remedies, planting and harvesting rituals, friendship bushes and festive garlands this is a book of rich and living social history and folklore.

Cloven Country

Cloven Country

Author: Jeremy Harte

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781789146516

Category: History

Page: 318

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An exploration of the myths of England’s deceptively bucolic rolling hills and country lanes believed to be created and shaped by the Dark Lord himself. According to legend, the English landscape—so calm on the surface—is really the Devil’s work. Cloven Country tells of rocks hurled into place and valleys carved out by infernal labor. The Devil’s hideous strength laid down great roads in one night and left scars everywhere as the hard stone melted like wax under those burning feet. With roots in medieval folklore of giants and spirits, this is not the Satan of prayer, but a clumsy ogre, easily fooled by humankind. When a smart cobbler or cunning young wife outwitted him, they struck a blow for the underdog. Only the wicked squire and grasping merchant were beyond redemption, carried off by a black huntsman in the storm. Cloven Country offers a fascinating panorama of these decidedly sinister English tales.

The National Church in Local Perspective

The National Church in Local Perspective

Author: Jeremy Gregory

Publisher: Boydell Press

ISBN: 0851158978

Category: History

Page: 342

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The political, social and economic role of the Church in the various regions of England, identifying common themes and highlighting regional differences.

The Memory of Catastrophe

The Memory of Catastrophe

Author: Peter Gray

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 0719063450

Category: History

Page: 242

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Memories of catastrophes--both those which occur naturally and those which are consequences of human actions--loom large in the modern consciousness. The volume opens with an investigation of the concepts of catastrophe and collective memory, and the relationships between them. Arguing that a pervasive catastrophic memory may be as disabling as it is instructive, Gray and Oliver stress the necessity of rendering the phenomenon subject to secular critical inquiry. The value of such an approach is then demonstrated in a series of case studies.

Marriage Customs of the World: An Encyclopedia of Dating Customs and Wedding Traditions, 2nd Edition [2 volumes]

Marriage Customs of the World: An Encyclopedia of Dating Customs and Wedding Traditions, 2nd Edition [2 volumes]

Author: George P. Monger

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781598846645

Category: Social Science

Page: 743

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This book presents a comprehensive overview of global courtship and marriage customs, from ancient history to contemporary society, demonstrating the vast differences as well as the similarities across all of human culture. • Over 300 topical entries organized in alphabetical order make this book a comprehensive, easy-to-use resource • "Further Reading" sections following each entry promote deeper research • Photographs of various elements of wedding celebrations illustrate the text

A Dictionary of English Folklore

A Dictionary of English Folklore

Author: Jacqueline Simpson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191578526

Category: Literary Criticism

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This dictionary is part of the Oxford Reference Collection: using sustainable print-on-demand technology to make the acclaimed backlist of the Oxford Reference programme perennially available in hardback format. An engrossing guide to English folklore and traditions, with over 1,250 entries. Folklore is connected to virtually every aspect of life, part of the country, age group, and occupation. From the bizarre to the seemingly mundane, it is as much a feature of the modern technological age as of the ancient world. BL Oral and Performance genres-Cheese rolling, Morris dancing, Well-dressingEL BL Superstitions-Charms, Rainbows, WishbonesEL BL Characters-Cinderella, Father Christmas, Robin Hood, Dick WhittingtonEL BL Supernatural Beliefs-Devil's hoofprints, Fairy rings, Frog showersEL BL Calendar Customs-April Fool's Day, Helston Furry Day, Valentine's DayEL