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Once upon a time our ancestors held many strange beliefs and superstitions. Huddled around their fires at night, they would swap stories of witches, fairies, ghosts and devils, and recall legends about larger than life characters from the past.
In this book you will be introduced to some of the legends and folklore which enlivened the days and nights of Yorkshire folk a century or more ago. You will discover strange superstitions about Yorkshire, meet some of the county’s heroes and villains from days gone by, and encounter boggarts, dragons, and the sinister ghostly animals known as barguests. Read about the legends associated with iconic locations such as Richmond Castle and the Cow and Calf Rocks, and learn about the archaic customs formerly carried out to mark the seasons of the year and the crucial stages in life.
The folk tales and folklore of the British Isles make for an endlessly fascinating study. The cultural melting pot of ancient Britain has bequeathed us with an eclectic mix of heroes, villains, myths and legends, and over the centuries a glorious confusion of beliefs has evolved to account for henomena both natural and supernatural, and to explain and inhabit landscape features such as hills, rivers,
woods, chasms, moors and marshes.
Our ancestors lived very different lives to those we enjoy today. Most were tied to the land and had intimate relationships with the changing seasons and the natural world. Few travelled further than their local environs and perhaps the nearest market town, but this seemingly limited existence was nevertheless richly coloured with an awareness of another world, where supernatural beings existed just outside mortal ken, where illness and death could be caused not by germs or viruses but by witchcraft or water-dwelling monsters, and where mythical heroes could be brought to life in dramatic stories and legends retold down the generations.
In this book you will be introduced to some of the legends and folklore which enriched the days and nights of Yorkshire folk in days gone by. You will meet fairies, hobs, boggarts, witches, giants and the Devil, and you will encounter heroic legendary figures such as Robin Hood, King Arthur and the many dragon slayers who freed their neighbours from terror and dread, often perishing themselves in the endeavour. You will read about superstitions and omens for both good and bad luck, the ceremonies and rituals associated with the rural year and critical stages in life, and learn about a few particularly Yorkshire customs.
Welcome to Yorkshire, a truly magical county!
Fairies and Treasure Hunters
Hobs, Boggarts and Barguests
Witches and the Devil
Protection Against Witches
Dragons, Wyrms and Wild Beasts
Heroes and Villains
John (Swift Nick) Nevison
The Burning of Bartle
Superstitions and Omens
Good Luck, Bad Luck
The Journey Through Life
The Wheel of the Year
A Yorkshire Miscellany
Food and Drink
Lyke Wake Dirge
A Yorkshire Grace and the Yorkshireman’s Motto
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: Louise Maskill