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British folk tales and legends : a sampler
Briggs, Katharine Mary.
Uniform Title:
Dictionary of British folk-tales in the English language. Selections.
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, [2002]

Physical Description:
xiii, 373 pages ; 20 cm.
General Note:
Originally published: London : Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1977.
Reading Level:
1190 Lexile.
Format :


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GR141 .B682 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In 1970 Katharine Briggs published in four volumes the vast and authoritative Dictionary of British Folktales and Legends to wide acclaim. This sampler comprises the very best of those tales and legends. Gathered within, readers will find an extravagance of beautiful princesses and stout stable boys, sour-faced witches and kings with hearts of gold. Each tale is a masterpiece of storytelling, from the hilarious 'Three Sillies' to the delightfully macabre 'Sammle's Ghost'.

Author Notes

Katharine Briggs (1898-1980). Eminent folklorist and former president of the Folklore Society.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
Part 1 Fables and Exemplap. 15
Part 2 Fairy Talesp. 23
The Dead Moon [dialect Modified]p. 27
Jack and the Giantsp. 38
Part 3 Jocular Talesp. 61
The Man That Stole the Parson's Sheepp. 71
The Miller's Eelsp. 72
Part 4 Novellep. 79
Adam Bel, Clym of the Clough and William of Cloudesleyp. 81
The King of the Liars [transcription from Tape]p. 92
Part 5 Nursery Talesp. 117
The Cattie Sits in the Kiln-Ring Spinningp. 119
Teeny-Tinyp. 125
The Three Bearsp. 126
Part 6 Black Dogsp. 135
Part 7 Bogiesp. 141
The Boggartp. 143
Part 8 Devilsp. 151
The Devil at Little Dunkeld Mansep. 157
Part 9 Dragonsp. 165
The Dragon of Wantley [summary]p. 166
King Arthur and the Dragonp. 169
The Linton Wormp. 170
Part 10 Fairiesp. 175
Anne Jefferies and the Fairies [summary]p. 177
Inkberrow's Ting-Tang [summary]p. 187
The Laird of Balmachie's Wifep. 190
Part 11 Ghostsp. 197
The Bishopsthorpe Ghostp. 200
Croglin Grange [shortened]p. 202
The Lord Protectorp. 222
The Silken Shawlp. 226
The Six Dead Menp. 227
Part 12 Giantsp. 231
Brutus and Corineusp. 233
The Giant Bolster [summary]p. 234
The Giant of Carn Galva [slightly Shortened]p. 235
Part 13 Historical Traditionsp. 241
Burke and Harep. 243
Drake as a Wizardp. 248
Part 14 Local Legendsp. 271
The Beasts' Thornp. 273
Part 15 Saintsp. 295
The Crowza Stones [summary]p. 297
Men with Tailsp. 298
St Aloys and the Lame Nagp. 300
St Uncumberp. 302
Part 16 The Supernaturalp. 309
Part 17 Witchesp. 325
The Black Hen [slightly Shortened]p. 328
The Blacksmith's Wife of Yarrowfootp. 329
Friar Baconp. 335
Jakey Bascombe and the Cobp. 350
The Silver Sixpencep. 355
The Unbidden Guestp. 356
Part 18 Miscellaneous Legendsp. 363
Farmer Hewlett's Amendsp. 365
The Foreign Hotelp. 366
The Stolen Corpsep. 368