Ex­plor­ing the ex­tra­or­di­nary in A Trea­sury of Bri­tish Folk­lore by Dee Dee Chainey

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Cor­nish pix­ies, sleep­ing giants and shape-shift­ing water sprites are all part of folk­loric Bri­tain, a world that’s chock full of su­per­sti­tion and an­cient be­liefs. Au­thor Dee Dee Chainey, a folk­lore cu­ra­tor, wan­ders through this world col­lect­ing up won­der­fully strange tales from our past – from wart suf­fer­ers in Glouces­ter­shire cut­ting notches in ash trees in search of a cure, to the be­dev­illed denizens of Scot­land who hoped the hang­ing of trousers from the foot of the bed would form a su­per­nat­u­ral bound­ary to fairies, gob­lins and other pro­vok­ing spir­its. Chainey tack­les phe­nom­ena from our present, too, such as or­chard was­sail­ing and the Straw Bear Fes­ti­val in Cam­bridgeshire. ( Na­tional Trust)

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