British Folk Tales and Legends: A Sampler

Overview

In 1970 Katharine Briggs published in four volumes the vast and authoritative Dictionary of British Folktales and Legends to wide acclaim. This sampler comprises the very best of those tales and legends. Gathered within, readers will find an extravagance of beautiful princesses and stout stable boys, sour-faced witches and kings with hearts of gold. Each tale is a masterpiece of storytelling, from the hilarious 'Three Sillies' to the delightfully macabre 'Sammle's Ghost'.

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Overview

In 1970 Katharine Briggs published in four volumes the vast and authoritative Dictionary of British Folktales and Legends to wide acclaim. This sampler comprises the very best of those tales and legends. Gathered within, readers will find an extravagance of beautiful princesses and stout stable boys, sour-faced witches and kings with hearts of gold. Each tale is a masterpiece of storytelling, from the hilarious 'Three Sillies' to the delightfully macabre 'Sammle's Ghost'.

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'Katharine Briggs is the magic mirror on the wall. Ask her what you will.' - Richard Adams
Daily Telegraph
Katherine M. Briggs has done a wonderful job of bringing all these old stories together.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415286022
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/29/2002
  • Series: Routledge Classics Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 392
  • Lexile: 1190L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Fables and Exempla 15
Belling the Cat 18
The Bum Bee 18
The Farmer and his Ox 19
The Yaller-Legg'd Cock'ril 20
Pt. 2 Fairy Tales 23
Allison Gross 25
Ashey Pelt 25
The Dead Moon 27
The Flight of Birds 29
The Gobborn Seer 32
The Golden Ball 35
Jack and the Giants 38
The King of the Black Art 41
King Herla 44
The Man Who Would't Go Out at Night 46
The Old Woman Who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle 48
Tom Tit Tot 51
The Gipsy Woman [sequel to Tom Tit Tot] 56
Pt. 3 Jocular Tales 61
Austwick Carles: II 64
The Austwick Carles and the Watch: V 64
The Best Way to Die 65
Box About 66
The Cuckoo-Penners 66
The Dog that Talked 67
Dutch Courage 68
An Exorcism 68
Good and Bad News 70
The Man that stole the Parson's Sheep 71
The Miller's Eels 72
The Painswick Ancients 72
The Secret Agent 73
The Three Sillies 74
The Two Pickpockets 77
Yorkshire Follies: The considerate bandsman 78
Pt. 4 Novelle 79
Adam Bel, Clym of the Clough and William of Cloudesley 81
Cap O' Rushes 88
The King of the Liars 92
Mr. Fox 102
The Professor of Signs 105
The Tale of Ivan 107
The Three Good Advices 110
The Ungrateful Sons 115
Pt. 5 Nursery Tales 117
The Cattie sits in the Kiln-Ring Spinning 119
The Endless Tale 120
The Old Man at the White House 121
Sir Gammer Vans 122
Teeny-Tiny 125
The Three Bears 126
The Three Wee Pigs 129
The Wee, Wee Mannie 131
Pt. 6 Black Dogs 135
The Black Dog of Tring 137
The Guardian Black Dog 137
Lyme Regis Black Dog Legend 138
Pt. 7 Bogies 141
The Boggart 143
The Buttery Spirit 144
The Farmer and the Boggart 145
Nuckelavee 146
The White Bucca and the Black 148
Pt. 8 Devils 151
The Black Rider 153
Dando and His Dogs 153
The Devil at the Card Party 156
The Devil at Little Dunkeld Manse 157
A Minister Molested 158
The Prize Wrestler and the Demon 159
Pt. 9 Dragons 165
The Dragon of Wantley 166
The Gurt Vurm of Shervage Wood 167
King Arthur and the Dragon 169
The Linton Worm 170
The Longwitton Dragon 172
Pt. 10 Fairies 175
Anne Jefferies and the Fairies 177
The Broken Bilk 179
The Brownie 179
The Captured Fairies 180
The Fairy Dwelling on Selena Moor 181
The Green Children 184
Horse and Hattock 186
Inkberrow's Ting-Tang 187
Jeannie's Grany Sees a Fairy 187
Johnnie in the Cradle 188
The Laird of Balmachie's Wife 190
The Midwife 191
Sir Godfrey Macculloch 192
The White Powder 193
Pt. 11 Ghosts 197
The Bishopsthorpe Ghost 200
The Bussex Rhine, and King's Sedgemoor 201
Croglin Grange 202
The Death "Bree" 204
A Doctor's Strange Experience 206
The Drummer of Airlie 209
The Ghost of Gairnside 209
The Grateful Ghost 215
John Rudall and the Ghost of Dorothy Dinglett 217
Lady Howard's Coach 219
A Lay Ghost-Layer 220
The Lord Protector 222
Sammle's Ghost 223
The Silken Shawl 226
The Six Dead Men 227
The Treasure of Downhouse 228
Pt. 12 Giants 231
Brutus and Corineus 233
The Giant Bolster 234
The Giant of Carn Galva 235
The Giants of Stowey 236
The Origin of the Wrekin: II 237
Wade and his Wife 238
Pt. 13 Historical Traditions 241
Burke and Hare 243
Cromwell in Glasgow 246
Drake as a Wizard 248
Dream Portending the Death of William Rufus 250
Food Law in the Fens 252
Folk-Memory of Chaucer 253
The Ghost's "Evidence" 254
The Grey Goose Feathers 255
King Richard and the Penitent Knight 257
Marshall's Elm 259
The Oxford Student 260
Pudsay the Coiner 261
The Sons of the Conqueror 264
The Warden of the Marches 266
Pt. 14 Local Legends 271
The Beasts' Thorn 273
Canobie Dick and Thomas of Ercildoun 274
The Church of Fordoun 276
The Cook at Combwell 277
Crawls 278
The Gold of Largo Law 279
Guinevere's Comb 281
The Horn of Egremont 282
The Murder Hole 282
The Old House of Balhary 284
Owen Parfitt 286
The Pedlar of Swaffham 287
The Rollright Stones 288
The Sale of a Wife 289
Simmer Water 290
Trapping the Plague 291
The Wimblestone 292
Pt. 15 Saints 295
The Crowza Stones 297
Men With Tails 298
St. Adelme 299
St. Aloys and the Lame Nag 300
St. Augustine at Long Compton 301
St. Uncumber 302
St. Wulfric and the Greedy Boy 303
Ushen and St. Patrick 305
Pt. 16 The Supernatural 309
The Anchor 312
The Curate of Axholme 312
The Dart of Death 313
The Dream House 314
The Escaping Soul 316
The Green Lady of Cromarty 316
The Hand of Glory 317
The Shepherd and the Crows 320
A Vision at Dunino 321
The Waff 323
The Wandering Jew 323
Pt. 17 Witches 325
The Black Hen 328
The Blacksmith's Wife of Yarrowfoot 329
The Counter-Charm 330
The Elder-Tree Witch 331
The Ferryman 334
Friar Bacon 335
The Hares' Parliament 348
Jakey Bascombe and the Cob 350
The Laird of Pittarro 351
Molly Cass and the Nine of Hearts 352
Mother Shipton 353
The Silver Sixpence 355
The Unbidden Guest 356
The Witch of Berkeley 357
Witches at Hallowe'en 359
Pt. 18 Miscellaneous legends 363
Farmer Hewlett's Amends 365
The Foreign Hotel 366
The Good Magpie 367
The Stolen Corpse 368
The Wooden Legs 370
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