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Folklore, myths & legends

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The Secret Lore of London The city's forgotten stories and mythology

The Secret Lore of London The city's forgotten stories and mythology

Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2020

With a foreword by Iain Sinclair. London is an ancient city, whose foundation dates back literally thousands of years into the legendary prehistory of these islands. Not surprisingly it has accumulated a large number of stories, both historic and mythical, during this period, many of which, though faithfully recorded at the time, have lain almost forgotten in dusty libraries throughout the city. The Secret Lore of London is a guide to the legends, including a discussion of their importance as part of the oral tradition of Britain, combining Prehistoric, Celtic, Arthurian, Roman, Saxon and Norman levels - each of which has contributed to the many-layered life of the city. The first part contains a unique selection of essays (some printed here for the first time) by experts in their fields, each of whom possesses a unique interest in the legends of these islands, and who have written widely on associated themes. The second part of the book will consist of a Gazetteer of the sites mentioned which are still in existence, together with various other sites of associated interest, compiled by the Editor, the contributors, and members of the London Earth Mysteries Group. This part will be fully updated and extended to include many more sites. The result is a wide ranging and wholly fascinating book, with wide sales application possible. A series of appendixes will include William Stukley's extraordinary document The Brill, which relates to the ancient prehistoric sites around the area of present day St. Pancras, and excerpts from some of the best known 19th and early 20th century works on Legendary London by Lewis Spence and Harold Bayley Contributors to the book are: Nigel Pennick John Matthews Caroline Wise Caitlin Matthews Carol Clancy R.J. Stewart Bernard Nesfield-Cookson Gareth Knight Robert Stephenson Geraldine Beskin Chesca Potter William Stukeley Lewis Spence Harold Bayley Alan V. Insole Ross Nichols

The Viking Hondbok Eat, Dress, and Fight Like a Warrior

The Viking Hondbok Eat, Dress, and Fight Like a Warrior

Author: Kjersti Egerdahl Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/05/2020

Vikings, those ancient Norse seafarers, have inspired plenty of pop culture phenomena, from the A&E hit show Vikings to Thor Ragnarok to the ever-expanding world of Viking larp. Known for being skilled craftspeople, accomplished merchants, hardworking farmers, and masters of the sea, the Vikings were a complex and captivating people.The Viking Hondb?k is an engaging, compelling guide -- with a sense of humor -- exploring who the Vikings were and how they lived, from ancient Norse daily life to battles and adventuring. Readers will learn how Vikings ate, dressed, and fought, and even how they weaved the perfect beard braid and built warships and weapons. Interspersed throughout the book are revealing historical anecdotes about Viking conquests, daily life, and relationships, with sections covering personal style, family structure and household, tools and metalwork, sailing and raiding, fishing and hunting, family and neighbors, swordmaking and boatbuilding, famous warriors, myths and afterlife, and more. A two-color design and fifty black-and-white line drawings will bring the style and details of the Vikings world to life.

Aesop's Fables

Aesop's Fables

Author: Aesop, Judith John Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/05/2020

A stunning new edition with deluxe cover treatments, ribbon markers, luxury endpapers and gilded edges. The unabridged text is accompanied by a Glossary of Victorian and Literary terms produced for the modern reader. The fables of Aesop have endured the test of almost two millennia, being passed down first by oral traditions and then eventually written down in various forms until they were first published in English in 1484. The fables continue to delight modern readers with their moral messages and charming characters - the story of the tortoise and the hare as well as the boy who cried wolf are still widely told today. This collection brings together the best of the fables, showcasing the best of their warm humour and wise insights into everyday life. The FLAME TREE COLLECTABLE CLASSICS are chosen to create a delightful and timeless home library.

Stealing Helen The Myth of the Abducted Wife in Comparative Perspective

Stealing Helen The Myth of the Abducted Wife in Comparative Perspective

Author: Lowell Edmunds Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/05/2020

It's a familiar story: a beautiful woman is abducted and her husband journeys to recover her. This story's best-known incarnation is also a central Greek myth-the abduction of Helen that led to the Trojan War. Stealing Helen surveys a vast range of folktales and texts exhibiting the story pattern of the abducted beautiful wife and makes a detailed comparison with the Helen of Troy myth. Lowell Edmunds shows that certain Sanskrit, Welsh, and Old Irish texts suggest there was an Indo-European story of the abducted wife before the Helen myth of the Iliad became known. Investigating Helen's status in ancient Greek sources, Edmunds argues that if Helen was just one trope of the abducted wife, the quest for Helen's origin in Spartan cult can be abandoned, as can the quest for an Indo-European goddess who grew into the Helen myth. He explains that Helen was not a divine essence but a narrative figure that could replicate itself as needed, at various times or places in ancient Greece. Edmunds recovers some of these narrative Helens, such as those of the Pythagoreans and of Simon Magus, which then inspired the Helens of the Faust legend and Goethe. Stealing Helen offers a detailed critique of prevailing views behind the real Helen and presents an eye-opening exploration of the many sources for this international mythical and literary icon.

Superstitions A Handbook of Folklore, Myths, and Legends from around the World

Superstitions A Handbook of Folklore, Myths, and Legends from around the World

Author: D.R. McElroy Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/05/2020

Across all cultures and spanning centuries, superstitions rooted in cultural legends and myths have formed and influenced daily life. Superstitions: A Handbook of Folklore, Myths, and Legends from around the World explains how and why these legends and the associated behaviors behind them developed, accompanied by beautiful illustrations. In this definitive reference, you'll learn the fascinating and often bizarre histories of a comprehensive range of superstitions from around the world. For example, the belief that one will have seven years' bad luck if you break a mirror is said to come from the Romans, who were the first to create glass mirrors. And in Japanese culture, cutting your nails at night is thought to lead to a quick death because the two phrases sound similar. You'll also find out why some superstitions vary from culture to culture. For instance, the unlucky number 13 is considered a bad omen in some countries, like the US, and lucky in other countries, like Italy-where the number 17 is considered unlucky. The information is organized by country, so you can easily investigate the popular superstitions linked to your own or other specific ethnic heritage or cultural identity. Satisfy your burning curiosity with this complete guide to superstitions, folklore, and myths. The Mystical Handbook series from Wellfleet takes you on a magical journey through the wonderful world of spellcraft and spellcasting. Explore a new practice with each volume and learn how to incorporate spells, rituals, blessings, and cleansings into your daily routine. These portable companions feature beautiful foil-detail covers and color-saturated interiors on a premium paper blend. Other titles in the series include: Witchcraft, Love Spells, Moon Magic, Knot Magic, and House Magic.

The Castle of Truth and Other Revolutionary Tales

The Castle of Truth and Other Revolutionary Tales

Author: Hermynia Zur Muhlen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/05/2020

A collection of radical political fairy tales-some in English for the first time-from one of the great female practitioners of the genre Hermynia Zur Muhlen (1883-1951), one of the twentieth century's great political writers, was not seemingly destined for a revolutionary, unconventional literary career. Born in Vienna to an aristocratic Catholic family, Zur Muhlen married an Estonian count. But she rebelled, leaving her upper-class life to be with the Hungarian writer and Communist Stefan Klein, and supporting herself through translations and publications. Altogether, Zur Muhlen wrote thirty novels, mysteries, and story collections, and translated around 150 works, including those of Upton Sinclair, John Galsworthy, and Edna Ferber. A wonderful new addition to the Oddly Modern Fairy Tales series, The Castle of Truth and Other Revolutionary Tales presents English readers with a selection of Zur Muhlen's best political fairy tales, some translated from German for the first time. In contrast to the classical tales of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, Zur Muhlen's candid, forthright stories focus on social justice and the plight of the working class, with innovative plots intended to raise the political consciousness of readers young and old. For example, in The Glasses, readers are encouraged to rip off the glasses that deceive them, while in The Carriage Horse, horses organize a union to resist their working and living conditions. In The Broom, a young worker learns how to sweep away injustice. With an informative introduction by Jack Zipes and period illustrations by George Grosz, John Heartfield, Heinrich Vogeler, and Karl Holtz, The Castle of Truth and Other Revolutionary Tales revives the legacy of a notable female artist whose literary and political work remains relevant in our own time.

Mrs Noah's Garden

Mrs Noah's Garden

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/05/2020

The flood is over - but while Mr Noah builds a house out of the ark, Mrs Noah creates a garden. Luckily her famous pockets contain seeds and she has some help from the children - and the creatures. Midsummer morning brings some very special surprises! This magical story from the creators of Mrs Noah's Pockets explores new beginnings, care for nature and, above all, home.

Telling the Bees and Other Customs The Folklore of Rural Crafts

Telling the Bees and Other Customs The Folklore of Rural Crafts

Author: Mark Norman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2020

The skills of weaving, spinning and knitting were vital to clothe and keep warm members of every class, race, religion or social group from the poorest to the richest. And so, we find wool, yarn and thread and the working of those materials rooted very deeply in the folklore of countries around the globe. This book discusses the folklore associated with wool, thread, spinning and associated crafts, through folk and fairy tales, customs and more. Did Eve really spin in the Garden of Eden? What does Mother Goose have to do with crafting? And who really knitted the first telephone box cosy?

The Celestial Hunter

The Celestial Hunter

Author: Roberto Calasso Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/04/2020

There was a time when, upon encountering other beings, it was not certain whether they were animals or gods or lords of a certain species, demons or ancestors. Or simply humans. One day, which lasted many thousands of years, humans did something that no other species had yet tried, we began to imitate those same animals that persecuted us: the predators. And we became the hunter. In this new book, Roberto Calasso takes the reader on an unforgettable journey through centuries and across cultures - from the Paleolithic era to Turing's Machine - weaving together stories of gods, animals and humans in an extraordinary tale of transformation.

The Truth of Myth

The Truth of Myth

The Truth of Myth is a thorough and accessible introduction to the study of myth, surveying the intellectual history of the topic, methods for studying myth cross-culturally, and emerging trends. Readers will encounter insightful commentaries on such questions as: What is the relation of mythology to religion? To science? To popular culture? Did the events recounted in myths actually occur? Why does the term myth have so many contradictory definitions and connotations? Offering serious students with an intellectual toolkit for launching into this fascinating field, the book is especially useful in conjunction with case studies of individual mythological traditions.

The Truth of Myth

The Truth of Myth

Author: Tok (University of Southern California) Thompson, Gregory (Indiana University) Schrempp Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2020

The Truth of Myth is a thorough and accessible introduction to the study of myth, surveying the intellectual history of the topic, methods for studying myth cross-culturally, and emerging trends. Readers will encounter insightful commentaries on such questions as: What is the relation of mythology to religion? To science? To popular culture? Did the events recounted in myths actually occur? Why does the term myth have so many contradictory definitions and connotations? Offering serious students with an intellectual toolkit for launching into this fascinating field, the book is especially useful in conjunction with case studies of individual mythological traditions.