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The Fabled Coast: Legends & Traditions from Around the Shores of Britain & Ireland

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A rich, magnificent exploration of the folklore and mythology of the English and Irish coast

Pirates and smugglers, ghost ships and sea-serpents, fishermen's prayers and sailors' rituals—the coastline of the British Isles plays host to an astonishingly rich variety of local legends, customs, and superstitions. Here renowned folklorists Sophia Kingshill and Jennifer Westwood gather together the most enthralling tales and traditions, tracing their origins and examining the facts behind the legends. Was there ever such a beast as the monstrous Kraken? Did a Welsh prince discover America, centuries before Columbus? What happened to the missing crew of the Mary Celeste? Along the way, they recount the stories that are an integral part of Britain's coastal heritage, such as the tale of Drake's Drum, said to be heard when England was in peril, and the mythical island of Hy Brazil, which for centuries appeared on sea charts and maps to the west of Ireland. The result is an endlessly fascinating, often surprising journey through island history.

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SOPHIA KINGSHILL is the author of a previous book with Jennifer Westwood, The Lore of Scotland, which was published by Random House in 2009. She also writes for the theatre, and her plays have been performed in Scotland, England, and Norway.

JENNIFER WESTWOOD was born in 1940 and studied English Language at Oxford, followed by Medieval Icelandic at Cambridge. A long-time member of the Folklore Society, she served as editor of FLS Books and also the journal Folklore. Her books include Albion: A Guide to Legendary Britain (1985), Gothick Cornwall (1992), Lost Atlantis (1997), On Pilgrimage (2003), The Lore of the Land (2005, with Jacqueline Simpson), and The Lore of Scotland (2009, with Sophia Kingshill). When she died in 2008, she left a wealth of material for her most cherished project, a collection of British sea and coastal legend, which is embodied in this book.

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SOPHIA KINGSHILL is a writer, editor and researcher. She has contributed to folklore publications and her plays have been performed in Scotland, England and Norway. She lives in London.

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ISBN:
9780099551072
Author:
Kingshill, Sophia
Publisher:
Random House UK
Author:
Westwood, Jennifer
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
World History-England General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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

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"Synopsis" by , SOPHIA KINGSHILL is the author of a previous book with Jennifer Westwood, The Lore of Scotland, which was published by Random House in 2009. She also writes for the theatre, and her plays have been performed in Scotland, England, and Norway.

JENNIFER WESTWOOD was born in 1940 and studied English Language at Oxford, followed by Medieval Icelandic at Cambridge. A long-time member of the Folklore Society, she served as editor of FLS Books and also the journal Folklore. Her books include Albion: A Guide to Legendary Britain (1985), Gothick Cornwall (1992), Lost Atlantis (1997), On Pilgrimage (2003), The Lore of the Land (2005, with Jacqueline Simpson), and The Lore of Scotland (2009, with Sophia Kingshill). When she died in 2008, she left a wealth of material for her most cherished project, a collection of British sea and coastal legend, which is embodied in this book.

"Synopsis" by , SOPHIA KINGSHILL is a writer, editor and researcher. She has contributed to folklore publications and her plays have been performed in Scotland, England and Norway. She lives in London.
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