Fairies and Fairy Stories: A History

Fairies and Fairy Stories: A History

by Diane Purkiss
     
 

Whether on top of the Christmas tree, at the bottom of the garden, or in school plays, today fairies are considered sweet, dainty creatures with wands and butterfly wings. But, as Diane Purkiss shows, they have far more wicked origins as troublemakers, child snatchers, seducers, and changelings, representing society's deepest fears and desires

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Whether on top of the Christmas tree, at the bottom of the garden, or in school plays, today fairies are considered sweet, dainty creatures with wands and butterfly wings. But, as Diane Purkiss shows, they have far more wicked origins as troublemakers, child snatchers, seducers, and changelings, representing society's deepest fears and desires regarding birth, sex, and death. From these dangerous beings of ancient myths and medieval folklore to the sanitized "wingy thingies" of Shakespeare and the Victorians, and even modern myths of alien abduction, this is a riveting chronicle of the need to believe in fairies. 

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"A clever, bold and enriching study of an absorbing subject . . . marrying wit and erudition . . . a book that anybody intrigued by the history of the little people and their origins ought to read."  —Literary Review 

"Both illuminating and enormous fun."  —Spectator

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780752440736
Publisher:
Tempus Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.08(d)

Meet the Author

Diane Purkiss' previous books include Troublesome Things and The Witch in History. 

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