Product Condition: New
You Will Earn 4 points which is the equivalent of £0.04
The folklore and folk tales of the British Isles make for an endlessly fascinating study. A glorious confusion of ancient beliefs has evolved over the millennia 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, while many had never even strayed that far from the rustic landscape they knew so well.
Nevertheless, their seemingly limited existence was coloured withan 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 taster of the legends and folklore which enlivened the days and nights of Cambridgeshire folk a century or more ago. You will learn strange superstitions about Cambridge and its colleges; encounter the ‘Book Fish’, Black Shuck, Hob o’-Lantern and Daddy Witch; and meet pious saints and sinister monks, the mysterious Toadmen, wicked witches and the ghostly knight of Wandlebury. You will also learn about the archaic customs formerly carried out to mark the seasons of the year and the crucial stages in life.
The folklore of Cambridgeshire paints the county as a wonderfully magical place!
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Released: July 2016
Size: 180 x 110mm