Fairies and Fairy Stories: A History

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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...
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752440736
  • Publisher: Tempus Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • 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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    Posted June 22, 2008

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    The book was very good well information. But yet it had a draw back and a boringness about it. It had to much information in one book.....It kinda drag on....I stopped in the middle of the book and didnt read anymore.It wasnt that much information based on fairies in the begining to draw u in.

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