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Download Folk Tales of England (Folktales of the world) epub

by Katharine M. Briggs,Ruth Lyndall Tongue

Download Folk Tales of England (Folktales of the world) epub
ISBN: 0710066805
ISBN13: 978-0710066800
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Mythology & Folk Tales
Author: Katharine M. Briggs,Ruth Lyndall Tongue
Language: English
Publisher: Routledge & Kegan Paul PLC; New impression edition (October 1969)
Pages: 192 pages
ePUB size: 1215 kb
FB2 size: 1294 kb
Rating: 4.8
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I recently discovered Katharine Briggs (I love folklore, so I jumped on this), and bought her Encyclopedia of Fairies, as well as all of her shorter works I could find on Amazon.

I like this a lot; it's organized by type, and includes the tale itself, and a paragraph or so of commentary/relevant context as well.

It's not as academic as her Encyclopedia of Fairies, and Folktales of England is more of a collection of the folklore itself than any great treatise on it, but I actually prefer that.

Basically, if you have any interest in folktales at all, this is the book for you. It's thorough, it's well-researched, it's fun, and Katharine Briggs is basically the be all and end all of folklore, so you might as well start with her.

And if you're not into folklore, you should still read this; you'd be surprised how many motifs and themes pop-up in literature or entertainment that trace their roots from some of the folktales in this book.

(Seriously, I spent a long time looking for as much Katharine Briggs as I could find in all the crevices of the internet, all the ones I'm aware of are out of print. I would buy this while you can.)
If you want the historical facts, even if it is about something fanciful, you cannot top Katherine Briggs. The book is a history of Celtic beliefs of past ages that reach, in some ways, even the present.Written in a style that neither advocates nor degrades fairy faith, the book is quite interestingly written. Katherine Briggs is probably the most serious researcher and recorder of old tales and stories believed by our remote ancestors in print today. Highly recommended for those who are looking for the real story and not the fancy, frilly, fluff so many others describe.