The folklore and folk tales of the British Isles make for an endlessly fascinating study. A glorious confusion of ancient beliefs has evolved over thousands of years thanks to the many different races that have settled here. In England they have included Stone Age and Bronze Age tribes, the Iron Age Celts, Romans, Angles, Saxons, Norsemen and Normans.
Into this cultural melting pot have been thrown any number of superstitions and half-remembered tales of cultural heroes, some real, some mythical, and many a mixture of both. Our ancestors lived very different lives to those we enjoy today. Most were tied to the land and had an intimate relationship with the seasons and the natural world. Few had travelled further than their nearest market town, and many had never strayed even that far from the rustic landscape they knew so well.
Nevertheless, their seemingly limited existence was coloured with an awareness of another world, one where supernatural beings lived alongside them just out of sight; where illness or death could be brought about not by microbes but by witchcraft; and where heroes and villains from a past age lived again in dramatic legends told down the generations.
In this book you will be introduced to just a taste of the legends and folklore which enlivened the days and nights of Dorset folk a century or more ago. In its pages you will encounter giants and ghosts, witches and sorcerers, kings, saints and smugglers. You will learn strange superstitions about the wildlife of the county, about the weather and about good and bad omens. You will also be introduced to some of the archaic customs formerly carried out to mark the seasons of the year and the crucial stages in life.
The folklore of Dorset paints the county as a wonderfully magical place!
Released: July 2016
Size: 180 x 110mm