The Secret Lore of London: The city's forgotten stories and mythology

The Secret Lore of London: The city's forgotten stories and mythology

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With a foreword by Iain Sinclair.

London is an ancient city, whose foundation dates back literally thousands of years into the legendary prehistory of these islands. Not surprisingly it has accumulated a large number of stories, both historic and mythical, during this period, many of which, though faithfully recorded at the time, have lain almost forgotten in dusty libraries throughout the city.

The Secret Lore of London is a guide to the legends, including a discussion of their importance as part of the oral tradition of Britain, combining Prehistoric, Celtic, Arthurian, Roman, Saxon and Norman levels - each of which has contributed to the many-layered life of the city.

The first part contains a unique selection of essays (some printed here for the first time) by experts in their fields, each of whom possesses a unique interest in the legends of these islands, and who have written widely on associated themes.

The second part of the book will consist of a Gazetteer of the sites mentioned which are still in existence, together with various other sites of associated interest, compiled by the Editor, the contributors, and members of the London Earth Mysteries Group. This part will be fully updated and extended to include many more sites.

The result is a wide ranging and wholly fascinating book, with wide sales application possible. A series of appendixes will include William Stukley's extraordinary document The Brill, which relates to the ancient prehistoric sites around the area of present day St. Pancras, and excerpts from some of the best known 19th and early 20th century works on Legendary London by Lewis Spence and Harold Bayley

Contributors to the book are:
Nigel Pennick
John Matthews
Caroline Wise
Caitlín Matthews
Carol Clancy
R.J. Stewart
Bernard Nesfield-Cookson
Gareth Knight
Robert Stephenson
Geraldine Beskin
Chesca Potter
William Stukeley
Lewis Spence
Harold Bayley
Alan V. Insole
Ross Nichols

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473620285
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date: 03/24/2016
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 931,556
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

John Matthews has written widely on Arthurian, Celtic and Mythic London respectively. He is best known as an authority on the history and myths of King Arthur, as well as Druidry, Faery Lore and Celtic Shamanism. He is the author of 90 books including the New York Times bestseller Pirates. He has worked as an historical advisor on films such as King Arthur (2004) and is currently developing a number of feature length scripts and documentaries.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgements ix

Foreword Iain Sinclair xi

Introduction John Matthews Caroline Wise 1

Goodly London Michael Drayton 7

Part I The Legendary City

1 Legends of London Nigel Pennick 13

2 New Troy: London Before History John Matthews 31

3 The Goddesses of London Caroline Wise 49

4 The Guardian Head: Sacred Palladia of Britain Caitlin Matthews 62

5 Templar London Nigel Pennick 77

6 Wise Women of London: Witchcraft and Magic before 1736 Carol Clancy 92

7 Merlin in London R.J. Stewart 109

8 William Blake's Spiritual Four-Fold City Bernard Nesfield-Cookson 123

9 Towers of Sound and Light Gareth Knight 141

10 A Long Tradition: Old Customs of London Robert Stephenson 157

11 London's Boundaries Geraldine Beskin 176

Part II A Guide to the Sites

12 The Hidden Landscapes of London Chesca Potter 195

13 The Mythology of London: Gazetteer of Sacred Sites in London: John Matthews, Chesca Potter and Caroline Wise 201

Part III Stories From London's Past

14 The Brill: Caesar's Camp at Pancras William Stukeley 255

15 London in the Time of Arthur Lewis Spence 280

16 Great St Helen Harold Bayley 301

17 Britannia and St Paul's Alan V. Insole 310

18 Parliament Hill and the Druids Ross Nichols 322

Notes on Contributors 335

Notes and Sources 339

Further Reading 349

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