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The Fabled Coast LegendsTraditions from Around the Shores of Britain and Ireland Book Ë 528 pages Download ↠ 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 Ntegral part of the 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 Britain's island histor c2012 As it says on the tin really This would make for an excellent reference book for any aspiring writers as there are some legends that are just begging to be expanded Its very readable and the chapters are set out per region etc However after a while no matter what the region they all become a little bit 'samey' Recommended to the writers among the normal crew Still as a mouse if you chance to sitby a deep deep lane in SussexWhere the trees grow arching over itYou may hear the chink of a ghostly bitAnd watch the men and horses flitDown the hollow ways of Sussex

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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 i This should have been a 4 star book for me I picked it up trying to get some fables and ideas to work into my novel writing And the collection of tales here is fantastic based all round the Isles where I live and have lived But often the tale is not told particularly well coming across bland even thought the subject matter is terrific So a great reference book for me with great research but alas let down as the storytelling is just okay But still worth it for the tales

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The Fabled Coast LegendsTraditions from Around the Shores of Britain and IrelandPirates 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 In The Fabled Coast renowned folklorists Sophia Kingshill and Jennifer Westwood gather together the most Folklore is still inherently entrenched into life in the United Kingdom and indeed in a vast number of countries and communities on an international scale The introduction of The Fabled Coast Legends and Traditions from Around the Shores of Britain and Ireland states that ‘ the coastline of the British Isles plays host to an astonishingly rich variety of local legends customs and superstitions’ all of which the authors have tried to incorporate into the book Their main aim they tell the reader is to ‘examine the facts behind the legends’The introduction both far reaching and well written describes how such legends came to be The traditions of storytelling are outlined and then elaborated upon and instances of the earliest recorded folklore of the sea have been included Many historical figures also feature on the book’s pages ranging from Sir Francis Drake to Grace O’Malley ‘the sixteenth century pirate ueen of Connaught’ The Fabled Coast is split into a variety of different sections all of which encompass different counties and districts around the Britain and Ireland These range from Wales and the Scottish Lowlands to Southern Eire and East Anglia Every stretch of coastline has been included as have the majority of the islands which are dotted around our shores ‘Legends flourish in these borders between land and sea’ we are told and such places provide ‘a setting for some of the most beautiful terrible and memorable tales of folklore’Maps have been included at the start of each section in order to pinpoint the exact areas which the following text refers to In each separate section a host of different places have been incorporated along with the legends lore and tales which are believed to have originated in them All are in alphabetical order hence why the first section on ‘South West England Channel Islands’ begins with Abbotsbury Bideford Bodmin and Boscastle and the ‘North East England’ section ends with entries about Skinningrove Staithes Whitby and YorkThe legends and folklore which the authors have included have been taken from almost every period in the history of Britain and Ireland and the stories which are so wonderfully evoked are both ancient and modern These range from a tale originating in seventeenth century Bristol regarding a ship believed to have been ‘infested with witches’ to the unexplained phenomenon of St Elmo’s Fire in Norfolk; from Mrs Leakey the whistling ghost of Minehead to the legend of King Arthur’s sword; and from the tale of how the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland came to be to the ‘drowned city’ of Dunwich in Suffolk These stories ranging from the amusing to the chilling are incredibly well balanced and great care has been taken to ensure that no two similar events have been included References are made to similar tales occurring in other parts of the United Kingdom but there is an ingrained sense of astuteness on the part of the authors throughout to make certain that each tale can be viewed with the fresh eyes of the readerNot just legends and folklore people this volume Double paged spreads dotted throughout reveal what we know and believe about such stories as Atlantis The Flying Dutchman and smugglers and wreckers as well as pages which explain the origins of figureheads and the naming of ships Events of historical significance findings from various archaeological digs mythical creatures and the influence of sea gods upon ancient communities are all woven into the book creating rather an astoundingly multi layered volume Various primary and secondary sources are referenced and uoted throughout the book and the bibliography and list of references are both impressive in their scale in conseuence The Fabled Coast is wonderfully set out The headings are bold and the typeface throughout is consistent Two sections of glossy pictures can be found in the book most of which are in colour and a whole host of black and white illustrations have also been placed next to the appropriate text throughout adding a wealth of information to the stories they relate toKingshill and Westwood’s book is a rich and far reaching account filled with exuisite historical detail A lot of work has clearly been put into the volume and it is meticulous in its detail The Fabled Coast is a must read for anyone interested in folklore the origins of British traditions and superstitions or merely as our heritage as a nation It is perhaps not a volume to read all in one go as this reviewer did but one to dip into here and there Such a book is an incredible achievement a vast collection of folklore and tradition which deserves to reach an extremely wide readership