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  • Street Ballads in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Ireland, and North Americaby David Atkinson; Steve Roud

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 124.95

    In recent years, the assumption that traditional songs originated from a primarily oral tradition has been challenged by research into ‘street literature’. Not only are some traditional singers known to have learned songs from printed sources, but most of the songs were composed by professional writers. This volume engages with the long-running... more...

  • The Lore of the Playgroundby Steve Roud

    Random House 2010; US$ 29.52

    From conkers to marbles, from British Bulldog to tag, not forgetting 'one potato, two potato' and 'eeny, meeny, miny, mo', The Lore of the Playground looks at the games children have enjoyed, the rhymes they have chanted and the rituals and traditions they have observed over the past hundred years and more. Each generation, it emerges,... more...

  • Monday's Child is Fair of Faceby Steve Roud

    Random House 2009; US$ 14.77

    Pregnancy and childbirth remains a mystical and magical time, characterised by feelings of hope, uncertainty and worry. No matter how many scientific innovations come along, there's still room for home-grown beliefs and traditions handed down through the family. Couples buying a pram may still ask for it to be delivered after the birth, and some grandparents... more...

  • London Loreby Steve Roud

    Random House 2012; US$ 14.76

    In which part of North London were wild beasts once thought to roam the sewers? Why did 1920s working-class Londoners wear necklaces of blue beads? Who was the original inspiration for the 'pearly king' costume? And did Spring-heeled Jack, scourge of Victorian London, ever really exist? Exploring everything from local superstitions... more...

  • The Penguin Guide to the Superstitions of Britain and Irelandby Steve Roud

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; Not Available

    Are black cats lucky or unlucky? What should you do when you hear the first cuckoo? Since when have people believed that it's unlucky to shoot an albatross? Why does breaking a mirror lead to misfortune? This fascinating collection answers these and many other questions about the world of superstitions and forms an endlessly browsable guide to a subject... more...

  • The Villageby Steve Roud

    Random House 2014; US$ 29.52

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  • The English Yearby Steve Roud

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; Not Available

    This enthralling book will take you, month-by-month, day-by-day, through all the festivities of English life. From national celebrations such as New Year?s Eve to regional customs such as the Padstow Hobby Horse procession, cheese rolling in Gloucestershire and Easter Monday bottle kicking in Leeds, it explains how they originated, what they mean... more...

  • A Dictionary of English Folkloreby Jacqueline Simpson; Steve Roud

    Oxford University Press, UK 2000; US$ 12.99

    Containing 1,250 entries, from dragons to Mother Goose, May Day to Michaelmas, this new reference work is an absorbing and entertaining guide to English folklore. Aimed at a broad general readership, the dictionary provides an authoritative reference source on such legendary characters as Cinderella, Jack the Giant Killer, and Robin Hood, and gives... more...

  • The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songsby Steve Roud; Julia Bishop

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; Not Available

    One of the Spectator 's Books of the Year 2012 'Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies Farewell and adieu to you ladies of Spain For we've received orders for to sail for old England But we hope in a short while to see you again' One of the great English popular art forms, the folk song can be painful, satirical,... more...

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