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A Treasury of British Folklore: Maypoles, Mandrakes & Mistletoe

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Did you know, in Yorkshire it was believed a person lying on a pillow stuffed with pigeon’s feathers could not die? Or that green is an unlucky colour for wedding dresses—in Scotland they would not even serve green vegetables at the wedding breakfast? In the West Country, the seventh son of a seventh son has the power to cure ringworm. You’ve heard about St. George, but ho ...more
Hardcover, 204 pages
Published April 5th 2018 by National Trust
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Jo (The Bookish pianist)
This is a book that I happened to come across at one of my National Trust visits. The cover looked intriguing and the content even more so. This is a rather short read, but definitely not a dull one.
The layout of this book, to me, reads like a list of customs, instead of wonderful descriptions like I was expecting. I think this does enable one to soak up the snippets of knowledge quicker, though. At the back of the book are references and a list of places where one may find out more about folkl
Even in these days of 24/7 news, a world of knowledge at your fingertips and the ability to talk to almost anyone else on the planet, there are still things that we do and say that can trace their origins back hundreds of years. Some of the stranger ones have sadly vanished from the common vernacular, but thankfully we have people like Dee Dee Chainey who has scoured the legends, crept past the giants and kelpies and learnt about the customs and included them in this charming little book.

So if y
G. Lawrence
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A charming little book, not long, but very interesting. It's a hop-skip guide over the folklore of Britain taking in many regions, superstitions and customs. Not an in-depth guide, but certainly an interesting one. Appears longer than it is because of a great deal of really quite lovely illustrations.
John Brunton
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This being my first book on the subject of folklore, I found it a good introduction to the subject. The book gives short accounts of various folklore that comes from the whole the uk

Well worth having a read through and a book I will go back to once in awhile to
Ebony Newton
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! It's a wonderful collection of all the little bits of folklore that populate the various regions of the UK. It's a joyful read which makes the everyday appear a little more magical once you've heard that bees were thought to get lonely if you didn't speak with them. Obviously well researched, with social and historical context interwoven throughout.
Arielle Walker
Though the content of the book does succumb to being mostly a listing of customs, with little description or loveliness of language, it is startlingly easy to read and does manage to gather (in a very short space) an astounding array of folklore knowledge and stories. A nice place to start in a search for locations and stories - and the book itself is a lovely object. Four stars to be generous.
Rose English
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book 29 of my Goodreads Challenge

This is a beautiful little treasure trove of a book, split into three parts giving a wonderful and varied selection of tales from British Folklore.

Part One: Of the Land, Plants and Animals
An apt place to begin with short insights into the seasons and the folkloric year. For example did you know that

... a sneeze on Wednesday in Hertfordshire means a letter is coming.

Part Two: Witchcraft, Magic and Heroic Tales
This section also includes several ghosts and haunting
Emma Mullins
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting overview. Abysmally proofread.
Daniel Faria
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Treasury of British Folklore by Dee Dee Chainey is a collection of folklore, magic, superstitions, customs and traditions on Great Britain. I highly recommend this book so we can understand more about these customs and some origins of celebrations and traditions we know today.

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The first part of the book is dedicated to the land, plant
Adam Dobson
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My new project is British folklore. This is a great primer and Ms Chainey structures her stories and anecdotes in a logical way. The various stories provide a comprehensive overview of the folklore of the British Isles and has left me hungry for more. It's a super quick read and does not offer much in the way of explanations but as a gateway into the subject I found it ideal. I did have to read it with my phone next to me so that I could look up the locations and artefacts she mentioned which I ...more
Dan Coxon
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very thorough and entertaining compendium of folklore, from the founder of the #FolkloreThursday hashtag. The main draw is the lovely illustrated edition, with glorious woodcuts by Joe McLaren - it's a pleasure just to leaf through it. As for the text, at times it reads like a long and slightly dry litany of folkloric customs - I'd have liked it to zoom in from time to time, and give us in-depth accounts of some of the more intriguing traditions. With a good index and a host of information, ho ...more
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it
A quick and enjoyable read! Lots of familiar topics and some new. It's just a summary of different stories and beliefs, not actual stories themselves, but I still found it enlightening. There are some things that appear in other books I've read (especially Harry Potter, and the works of Cassandra Clare and Holly Black) that I never knew the basis of (like the origins of the idea of house elves, surprisingly). It also has short bibliography in the back which should be useful for further reading.
Conah Charlie
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely insight into Britain's unique and often humourous traditions. Each chapter explores a different subject; from birth and death, to witchcraft, animals, and plants. Although the book is relatively short, expect to encounter a plethora of folklore related facts on every page! The transitions between the individual folklore elements is quite smooth, with charming illustrations to accompany some of the tales. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this brief, yet rich journey through my countries folk ...more
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Picked up this little book when I was in London, mainly because the cover looked pretty. I was a bit disappointed when I discovered that most of the folklore is written in short, list-like sentences instead of the stories I had hoped for. Still, it was quite an easy and enjoyable read, and an amazing resource if I would ever find myself needing to know something about British folklore.
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed reading this and loved how the folklore was categorised, however there wasn’t a whole lot of detail and I would have preferred some deeper analysis but for a small book it’s a great gateway into studying British folklore
J.G. Murray
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great overview of British folklore, ingeniously subdivided into easy-to-digest chapters and accompanied with some great monochrome illustrations. Serves as a fun introduction to our rich history of beliefs and superstitions. Recommended!
Not really a fan of how this book is built up. Could have done better by working more like and encyclopaedia.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick and easy read.
James Watkins
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short and sweet, great for finding out research for folklore.
Anna Chorlton
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lovely book, packed with interesting folklore, I enjoyed it.
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, non-fiction
Really entertaining! I learned a lot!
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4⭐ I loved this. The little snippets of information this little treasury gives is plain but lovely. Very informative and reminded me of loads of stories I knew growing up. The images included are cute too. ...more
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With a love of the Ladybird fairy tales series, and the stories told to her about the trees and rocks of the forests, Dee Dee's interest in folklore began at an early age. She soon developed a passion for answering the question of who we were, as a species, before we became who we are today, and how our landscapes and our stories shape us. Beginning this journey by starting a degree in theology – ...more