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Folklore & Mythology

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  • Zeus Grants Stupid Wishesby Cory O'Brien; Sarah E Melville

    Penguin Group US 2013; US$ 11.99

    Get this: Cronus liked to eat babies. Narcissus probably should have just learned to masturbate. Odin got construction discounts with bestiality. Isis had bad taste in jewelry. Ganesh was the very definition of an unplanned pregnancy. And Abraham was totally cool about stabbing his kid in the face. All our lives, we?ve been fed... more...

  • Legendary Irelandby Eithne Massey; Jacques Le Goff; Pip Sides

    The O'Brien Press 2003; US$ 18.94

    This beautiful book visits twenty-eight richly atmospheric sites and tells the mythological stories associated with them. Woven into these landscapes are tales of love and betrayal, greed and courage, passion and revenge, featuring the famous characters of Celtic lore, such as Cú Chulainn, the children of Lír and Queen Maeve. The historical and archaeological... more...

  • A Brief History of Robin Hoodby Nigel Cawthorne

    Constable & Robinson 2013; US$ 13.11

    Who was Robin Hood? Throughout history the figures of the hooded man of Sherwood forest and his band of outlaws have transfixed readers and viewers; but where does the myth come from? The story appeared out of the legend of the Green man but found its location during the reign of Richard II, the Lionheart, who was away from England fighting in the... more...

  • A Brief Guide to the Greek Mythsby Steve Kershaw; Steve Kershaw

    Constable & Robinson 2013; US$ 14.57

    The book leads the reader through these vibrant stories, from the origins of the gods through to the homecomings of the Trojan heroes. All the familiar narratives are here, along with some less familiar characters and motifs. In addition to the tales, the book explains key issues arising from the narratives, and discusses the myths and their wider... more...

  • Folklore of Essexby Sylvia Kent

    The History Press 2013; US$ 21.86

    Essex, the witch hunting county, is especially rich in traditions, legends, dialect and stories. This book explores the origins and meanings of its traditions to create a sense of the influence of the customs of the past. It is aimed at those who wish to revel in the delights of times past. more...

  • Folklore of Northamptonshireby Peter Hill

    The History Press 2013; US$ 21.86

    This book describes the reaction of the common people to some of the tumultuous events which occurred in Northamptonshire and shaped England's history, and how this gave rise to many colourful folklore traditions. more...

  • The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures: The Ultimate A?Z of Fantastic Beings from Myth and Magicby John Matthews; Caitlin Matthews

    HarperCollins Publishers 2010; Not Available

    From unicorns and trolls to werewolves and griffins, this comprehensive guide is the key to discovering every magical creature from myth, folklore and legend around the world. more...

  • London Urban Legendsby Scott Wood

    The History Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    How long has a corpse been staring out at passengers on the tube? Was London Bridge really shipped abroad by an American thinking he'd bought Tower Bridge? Did the Queen really mix with the crowds as a princess on VE Day? And did Hitler actually want to live in Balham? Urban legends are the funny, frightened and fierce folklore people share. Just... more...

  • Memoirs of an Unsung Legend, Nemesoby Munyaradzi Mawere; Cosmas M. Mukombe

    Langaa RPCIG 2013; US$ 17.95

    Nemeso ñ a four eyed manñlived in southeastern Zimbabwe in the mid-17th century. Stories about him are widely known by the Duma in southeastern Zimbabwe as he left a legacy, a delicious dish ñ of edible stinkbugs locally named harurwa. These insects, believed to be a gift to Nemeso by the ancestors, thrive in a grove (jiri) where no... more...

  • Playing Deadby Montana Miller

    University Press of Colorado 2013; US$ 25.95

    As the Grim Reaper pulls a student out of class to be a ?victim? of drunk driving in a program called ?Every 15 Minutes,? Montana Miller observes the ritual through a folklorist?s lens. Playing Dead examines why hundreds of American schools and communities each year organize these mock tragedies without any national sponsorship or coordination.... more...