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By Jacqueline Simpson

Ever ask yourself why we kiss lower than the mistletoe at Christmas or imagine a rabbit's foot brings stable success? during this informative quantity, folklore gurus offer trustworthy and sometimes stunning solutions to those and different curiosities that experience formed everyday life in England for hundreds of years. Comprising 1,250 entries, this dictionary explores the fairs and earlier celebrations of the English calendar, from St. Andrews Day and its culture of drunkenness and cross-dressing to 12th evening and its king and queen cake. It additionally presents concise snap shots of genuine and mythical characters that populate the general public reminiscence, together with Robin Hood, The Brothers Grimm, girl Godiva, Puck, and The Sandman. And simply as folklore encompasses the mundane in addition to the wonderful, quite a few different entries remove darkness from the importance of colours, numbers, plants, animals, and loved ones items. as well as old and medieval folklore, readers will locate many modern city legends, reminiscent of the vanishing hitchhiker--an ominous determine obvious through tourists in Britain and the United States--and the enamel Fairy.

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