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Magical Folk: British and Irish Fairies - 500 AD to the Present

Magical Folk: British and Irish Fairies - 500 AD to the Present

The story of sightings of magical folk inhabiting Britain, Ireland and Overseas.

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ISBN 9781783341030
Published 22 November 2017 by Faber Factory
Available in EPUB format
Software Adobe Ebook Compatible Devices
Language en
Author(s) Edited by Young, Simon
Edited by Houlbrook, Ceri
Availability Wheelers ePlatform

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ISBN-13 9781783341030
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher Faber Factory
Imprint Gibson Square
Publication Date 22 November 2017
Publication Country
Format EPUB ebook
Author(s) Edited by Young, Simon
Edited by Houlbrook, Ceri
Category Myths & Mythology
Social Sciences
Mind, Body, Spirit
Unexplained Phenomena / The Paranormal
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Dewey Code 398.21
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Electronic Book

When Tinker Bell followed Peter Pan to Hollywood in the 1950s, fairies vanished into the realm of child-lore. Yet in 1923 30-yearold J.R.R. Tolkien's visit to his aunt's house Bag's End inspired a story about hedgerowfairies or 'Hobbits', and three years earlier Sherlock-Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle published the Cottingley fairy photographs. In Ireland, a generation before, family members had torched a woman to death thinking she was a fairy, while William Butler Yeats met a fairy queen in a coastal cave. Today British and Irish fairy-interest has recovered its old lustre, and gathered here is the latest learning from leading folklorists and historians. A tidal-wave of new fairy sightings has been uncovered by the digitisation of British and Irish newspapers and ephemera. There are fairy sightings in urbanised locations and remote rural areas; characters and means to ward off evil fairies vary radically from place to place. In Sussex, there is the helpful 'Master Dobbs' or Dobby, while in Ireland fairies may be the dead, and Scotland harbours the terrifying Whoopity Stoorie. In addition, Magical Folk includes findings from The Fairy Census, the first scholarly survey of modern fairy sightings in Britain and Ireland, demonstrating that the connection with the past continues unbroken. Another new discovery is that fairies travelled across the Atlantic well before Tinker Bell made it onto the silver screen. The most homesick fairies may have been the ones who dunked one Roderick repeatedly in the Atlantic Ocean as they dragged him to Ireland and back to his Canadian home!

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Author's Bio

Simon Young is a Cambridge-educated British historian based in Italy, where he teaches in the University of Virginia Program in Siena. He has written several widely-reviewed books (including The Celtic Revolution) and published extensively on folk. From 2014 to 2017, he ran The Fairy Census, the first published scholarly survey of modern fairy sightings.

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