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Synopsis: This survey not only explains what people have believed and why, but when superstitions arose, which parts of the country adopted them, how they evolved and what people today believe. Drawing extensively on literary sources from medieval times to the present, the book settles many arguments, debunks many myths and provides in the process an interesting sideways view of social customs and beliefs over the centuries.
About the Author: Steve Roud is an expert on folklore and superstition and co-author of the OXFORD DICTIONARY OF BRITISH FOLKLORE. He lives in Maresfield, East Sussex.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2003. Book Condition: Good. First Edition, First Printing. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP18385868
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2003. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition, First Printing. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP35208236
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR004277410
Book Description Book Condition: acceptable. 980 Gramm. Bookseller Inventory # M00141006730-B
Book Description Penguin Books, 2003. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. with 546 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 018108
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # P020141006730
Book Description Penguin, London, 2003. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. 546 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w illustrations. Integral ribbon bookmark. "(T)his fascinating exploration of the superstitions of the British Isles explains not only what people have believed over the centuries, and why, but when particular superstitions arose, which parts of the country adopted them, how they evolved, and what people believe today. Drawing extensively on literary and oral accounts from Roman times to the present, it offers intriguing insights into beliefs and the bizarre rituals that often accompany them, debunks many popular myths, and provides in the process a fascinating sideways view of changing social customs and attitudes. The most popular superstitions - still widely recognized - are investigated in detail. Less familiar customs are also scrutinized: the curious connection between cobwebs and kissing, for example; the conviction once held that moles' feet prevented toothache; and the link traditionally made between witchcraft and eggshells. And there is coverage of beliefs that seem to be specific to particular areas of the British Isles: the Irish belief that gooseberry thorns have curative powers; the connection made in Wales between good fortune and the sprinkling of water on New Year's Day. What emerges from the many hundreds of folk beliefs discussed here is a vibrant tradition of myth-making, as successive generations have sought to control the present and predict the future through the agency of everyday items as diverse as pins, plums, cabbage stalks and cigarette packages." Minor wrinkle at top of spine. Dust jacket has minor wrinkle at top of spine and top edge of rear panel. Bookseller Inventory # 29049
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110141006730
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0141006730 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1895382