A Dictionary of English Folklore

ISBN : 9780198804871

Jacqueline Simpson; Steve Roud
424 Pages
132 x 196 mm
Pub date
Dec 2016
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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.

Oral and Performance genres-Cheese rolling, Morris dancing, Well-dressing…
Superstitions-Charms, Rainbows, Wishbones…
Characters-Cinderella, Father Christmas, Robin Hood, Dick Whittington…
Supernatural Beliefs-Devil's hoofprints, Fairy rings, Frog showers…
Calendar Customs-April Fool's Day, Helston Furry Day, Valentine's Day…

About the author: 

Dr Jacqueline Simpson was president of the Folklore Society from 1993 to 1996, editor of Folklore from 1979 to 1993, and is currently Honorary Secretary of the Folklore Society. Her publications include Folklore of Sussex, Folklore of the Welsh Borders, and Scandinavian Folktales.; Steve Roud is Local Studies Librarian for Croydon and was Honorary Librarian of the Folklore Society for over 15 years. He is the author of Mumming Plays in Oxfordshire and has compiled the Index to the Journal Folklore 1968-1992.

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