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Berkshire Folk Tales
These lively and entertaining folk tales from one of Britain's most ancient counties are vividly retold by local storytellers David England and Tina Bilbe. Their origins lost in the oral tradition, these stories from across Berkshire reflect the wisdom (and eccentricities) of the counties and its people. Berkshire has a rich and diverse collection of tales, from stories of ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2013 by The History Press
(first published May 1st 2013)
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I am David, one of the Berkshire Folk Tales authors. Many of the tales combine history with myth, a good example being the story about Alfred the Great, 'The Raven of Earthly Terror'; what emerged in writing this story is the way the 'myth' of Alfred burning the cakes is revealed as affecting the whole of English history. Is it myth or history, what do you think?
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A well research, well written and easy to read collection of Berkshire Folk Tales. I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it if you are into your folk tales and a resident of Berkshire. In fact, I would still highly recommend it if you weren't into folk tales and lived in another county, as it is a fascinating and entertaining read about people and places of times gone by, not far from where I'm sitting right now.