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London Lore: The Legends and Traditions of the World's Most Vibrant City

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London is a city with almost as many ancient legends and deep-rooted customs as it has streets and landmarks, and here a leading folklorist brings together an astonishingly rich selection of them—tales of ghosts and witches; stories about fabled events, heroes, and villains; and accounts of local supersitions and beliefs. Beyond simply retelling these stories it also delves through layers of hearsay and speculation to investigate how and why they arose. In the process, it shows how the story of Dick Whittington and his cat has connections with the ancient Middle East, explains why lions rather than ravens at the Tower of London were once felt to be inextricably bound up with the citys fate, and pinpoints precisely where the story of Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street, was first recorded. Exploring everything from local superstitions, to ghost stories, to annual customs, this is an enchanting guide to the ancient legends and deep-rooted beliefs that can be found the length and breadth of the city.

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Discover the colourful traditions and bizarre superstitions of the world's most vibrant city.

In which part of North London were wild beasts once thought to roam the sewers?

Why did 1920s working-class Londoners wear necklaces of blue beads?

Who was the original inspiration for the 'pearly king' costume?

And did Spring-heeled Jack, scourge of Victorian London, ever really exist?

Exploring everything from local superstitions, to ghost stories, to annual customs, this is an enchanting guide to the ancient legends and deep-rooted beliefs that can be found the length and breadth of the city.

Synopsis:

Richly illustrated, this is a magnificent guide to Londons folklore and legends, from the “Man in Grey” who haunts Drury Lanes Theatre Royal to the Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green via the true stories behind Sweeney Todd and Spring-Heeled Jack.

About the Author

STEVE ROUD recently retired from his position as Local Studies Librarian for the London Borough of Croydon and served as Honorary Librarian of the Folklore Society for over fifteen years. He has been researching British folklore for over thirty years and is the author of many books on the subject.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781847945112
Author:
Roud, Steve
Publisher:
Random House Business Books
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
london;history;folklore
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20081131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8 x 5 x 1.5 in

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Business » General
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » London
History and Social Science » Geography » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » World History » England » General
History and Social Science » World History » England » London
Humanities » Mythology » Folklore and Storytelling

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Product details 464 pages Random House UK - English 9781847945112 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Discover the colourful traditions and bizarre superstitions of the world's most vibrant city.

In which part of North London were wild beasts once thought to roam the sewers?

Why did 1920s working-class Londoners wear necklaces of blue beads?

Who was the original inspiration for the 'pearly king' costume?

And did Spring-heeled Jack, scourge of Victorian London, ever really exist?

Exploring everything from local superstitions, to ghost stories, to annual customs, this is an enchanting guide to the ancient legends and deep-rooted beliefs that can be found the length and breadth of the city.

"Synopsis" by , Richly illustrated, this is a magnificent guide to Londons folklore and legends, from the “Man in Grey” who haunts Drury Lanes Theatre Royal to the Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green via the true stories behind Sweeney Todd and Spring-Heeled Jack.
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