The Fabled Coast

Author: Sophia Kingshill
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1409038459
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Pirates and smugglers, ghost ships and sea-serpents, fishermen’s prayers and sailors’ rituals – the coastline of the British Isles plays host to an astonishingly rich variety of local legends, customs, and superstitions. In The Fabled Coast, renowned folklorists Sophia Kingshill and Jennifer Westwood gather together the most enthralling tales and traditions, tracing their origins and examining the facts behind the legends. Was there ever such a beast as the monstrous Kraken? Did a Welsh prince discover America, centuries before Columbus? What happened to the missing crew of the Mary Celeste? Along the way, they recount the stories that are an integral part of our coastal heritage, such as the tale of Drake’s Drum, said to be heard when England was in peril, and the mythical island of Hy Brazil, which for centuries appeared on sea charts and maps to the west of Ireland. The result is an endlessly fascinating, often surprising journey through our island history.

Book Review The Fabled Coast Legends Traditions From Around The Shores Of Britain Ireland

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Coastal Works

Author: Nicholas Allen
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192514377
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In all the complex cultural history of the islands of Britain and Ireland the idea of the coast as a significant representative space is critical. For many important artists coastal space has figured as a site from which to braid ideas of empire, nation, region, and archipelago. They have been drawn to the coast as a zone of geographical uncertainty in which the self-definitions of the nation founder; they have been drawn to it as a peripheral space of vestigial wildness, of island retreats and experimental living; as a network of diverse localities richly endowed with distinctive forms of cultural heritage; and as a dynamically interconnected ecosystem, which is at the same time the historic site of significant developments in fieldwork and natural science. This collection situates these cultures of the Atlantic edge in a series of essays that create new contexts for coastal study in literary history and criticism. The contributors frame their research in response to emerging conversations in archipelagic criticism, the blue humanities, and island studies, the essays challenging the reader to reconsider ideas of margin, periphery and exchange. These twelve case studies establish the coast as a crucial location in the imaginative history of Britain, Ireland and the north Atlantic edge. Coastal Works will appeal to readers of literature and history with an interest in the sea, the environment, and the archipelago from the 18th century to the present. Accessible, innovative and provocative, Coastal Works establishes the important role that the coast plays in our cultural imaginary and suggests a range of methodologies to represent relationships between land, sea, and cultural work.

From The Romans To The Normans On The English Renaissance Stage

Author: Lisa Hopkins
Publisher: ISD LLC
ISBN: 1580442803
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This book examines the late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century engagement with a crucial part of Britain's past, the period between the withdrawal of the Roman legions and the Norman Conquest. A number of early modern plays suggest an underlying continuity, an essential English identity linked to the land and impervious to change. This book considers the extent to which ideas about early modern English and British national, religious, and political identities were rooted in cultural constructions of the pre-Conquest past.

The Lore Of Scotland

Author: Sophia Kingshill
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 140906171X
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Scotland's rich past and varied landscape have inspired an extraordinary array of legends and beliefs, and in The Lore of Scotland Jennifer Westwood and Sophia Kingshill bring together many of the finest and most intriguing: stories of heroes and bloody feuds, tales of giants, fairies, and witches, and accounts of local customs and traditions. Their range extends right across the country, from the Borders with their haunting ballads, via Glasgow, site of St Mungo's miracles, to the fateful battlefield of Culloden, and finally to the Shetlands, home of the seal-people. More than simply retelling these stories, The Lore of Scotland explores their origins, showing how and when they arose and investigating what basis - if any - they have in historical fact. In the process, it uncovers the events that inspired Shakespeare's Macbeth, probes the claim that Mary King's Close is the most haunted street in Edinburgh, and examines the surprising truth behind the fame of the MacCrimmons, Skye's unsurpassed bagpipers. Moreover, it reveals how generations of Picts, Vikings, Celtic saints and Presbyterian reformers shaped the myriad tales that still circulate, and, from across the country, it gathers together legends of such renowned figures as Sir William Wallace, St Columba, and the great warrior Fingal. The result is a thrilling journey through Scotland's legendary past and an endlessly fascinating account of the traditions and beliefs that play such an important role in its heritage.


Author: Sophia Kingshill
ISBN: 9781786154804
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For as long as she can remember, thirteen-year-old Mag has lived with her father at a home for the mentally ill. The patients are all clearly mad, so when the usually silent Grace claims that she's Mag's real mother - and also a witch - Mag's world is turned upside down. As things take a turn for the weird, and Mag sees things that others can't, it may just be that she is a witch after all. In this new world, Mag discovers that the difference between good and evil isn't exactly black and white...

Myths And Legends Of Britain And Ireland

Author: Richard Jones
Publisher: New Holland Pub Limited
ISBN: 9781847739865
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The landscape of Britain and Ireland has been the inspiration for myths and legends for centuries. From ancient kings to infamous murderers, this book explains and describes the stories behind and places associated with such famous characters as Robin Hood and the mystical fairies and monstrous animals that inhabit these enchanted lands.

Miraculous Silence

Author: Mitra Rahbar
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698198573
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Regardless of where you are in life—whether you’re celebrating new beginnings, mourning a loss, weathering a hardship, or seeking inspiration—you will find this book of prayers to be the perfect companion. At seventeen, Mitra Rahbar left her homeland due to political unrest. However, she would soon find her way in an unfamiliar land through an ever-deepening prayer life that led her to her soul’s core. Turning outward, she pursued a life of service—first as a social worker and then as a spiritual teacher, healer, and guide. Having worked with students from many walks of life for more than thirty years, Rahbar has a deep understanding of what spiritual seekers long to learn and how best to teach them. In Miraculous Silence, she takes us on a journey into the sacred space of prayer and spiritual healing, providing practical guidance on how to pray and meditate, as well as many of her own prayers to inspire and encourage us. Rahbar also suggests images to visualize and meditate on, mantras to recite in every situation, and stones to aid in the healing process. In these practices, prayers, and inspirations, you will find comfort, illumination, and renewal. From the Trade Paperback edition.


Author: Sophia Kingshill
ISBN: 9781908213266
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This is the first history of a unique family tree, traveling back 3,000 years to discover the enduring myths and the vibrant folklore that continue to enchant us and ensure the mermaid's survival. A woman to the waist and fish below, mermaids have inspired numerous artists and spawned countless tales, from Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid to the West African Mami Wata legend. She has been found in Assyrian reliefs, illuminated in medieval bestiaries, painted onto pub signs and Pre-Raphaelite canvas, inked into skin at tattoo parlors, sketched by Picasso with a Communist hammer and sickle in her hand, cast in Hollywood movies, and graffitied onto city walls. Full color illustrations throughout.

Ships To Remember

Author: Rorke Bryan
Publisher: History Press
ISBN: 9780750965903
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Ships To Remember is a beautifully illustrated collection of stories about remarkable ships. Some are famous, but many, like the tugs Yelcho, Foundation Franklin, and Turmoil are virtually unknown. The book includes two boats, the Bounty's launch and the James Caird, which completed two of the most extraordinary voyages in maritime history, but all of the vessels had interesting and dramatic careers and were involved in many major historical incidents. They include the catastrophic sinking and eventual recovery of the Vasa, Nelson's triumph at the Battle of Copenhagen, Darwin's epochal voyage on HMS Beagle, and pivotal World War II relief of Malta by the tanker, Ohio.