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Lancashire Folk Tales

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These lively and entertaining folk tales from Lancashire are vividly retold by professional storyteller David England.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 1st 2014 by The History Press (first published June 1st 2014)
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Amalia Gavea
"Sir Lancelot, you may be surprised to hear, has a close association with the county. ‘Lanc’ is the Celtic term for a spear, and ‘lot’ refers to the people of the land, hence ‘Lancelot’s shire’ or as it is known today ‘Lancashire’. "

Lancashire. A county in north west England, its history is lost in the days of the Anglo-Saxon age. Manchester and Liverpool, its largest cities. have made their mark on the national and European character. from the trade and the industrialism to music, sports, t
Mar 02, 2016 rated it liked it
A very interesting little book of folk anecdotes, mini history lessons, jokes and traditions, ghost stories and myths and legends from Lancashire, cunningly entwined with a geographical journey through the region and little asides, rest for pints and commentary from the various narrators. Real, living folk stories written down in the oral tradition, complete with all the historical variants and alternative endings that make up folk legends. Favourites were the tale of Lancelot du Lac growing up ...more
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book is an interesting read but oddly structured, with some odd grammar quirks. The 'narrators' that are used didn't work for me (taking you on an odd disjointed journey) - the folk tales are intriguing but most are from what is now Great Manchester rather than Lancashire.

It refers to the Lancaster Leeds canal...which doesn't exist....and there is some interesting intrepretation of some information/folk tales. The inclusion of the Preston Guild is also a bit odd, given that it is an event
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Having already read Berkshire Folk Tales I was looking forward to reading Lancashire Folk Tales. Once again this was an enjoyable read of an eclectic mix of myths, legends and spooky stories and told in a very original and engaging style.

You did really feel as if you were sitting in a cosy pub somewhere north of Watford, a fire burning in the grate, a pint in one hand, listening and being entertained by a master storytellers.

If I'm honest, I did slightly prefer Berkshire Folk Tales, and this ha
Feb 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Some good folktales told in an odd sort of way, a small book that only scrapes on the rich wealth of Our Beloved County Palatine. This whole area is so steeped in a long and at times bloody history, there most be thousands of such tales about.
Christina C
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I bought this book while on vacation in England as I love folk tales from around the world. I made it about 1/2 through the book when I finally gave up reading it from frustration.
The stories themselves are fascinating and enjoyable, however the structure of the book leaves much to be desired. You are introduced to an oddly placed narrator that feels forced. I would have much preferred to just read the tale.
Within the actual telling of the stories is poor grammar structure and a lack of flow f
Jul 01, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked the way it was written as an actual journey, but got quite boring at parts.
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