British Folk Tales and Legends : A Sampler, Paperback

British Folk Tales and Legends : A Sampler Paperback

Part of the Routledge Classics series

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In 1970 Katharine Briggs published in four volumes the vast and authoritative Dictionary of British Folktales and Legends to wide acclaim.

This sampler comprises the very best of those tales and legends.

Gathered within, readers will find an extravagance of beautiful princesses and stout stable boys, sour-faced witches and kings with hearts of gold.

Each tale is a masterpiece of storytelling, from the hilarious 'Three Sillies' to the delightfully macabre 'Sammle's Ghost'.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 390 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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  • Category: Literary studies: general
  • ISBN: 9780415286022



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The Laird of Duffus was walking out in his fields one day, when a cloud of dust whirled past him, and from the midst of it he heard a shrill cry of "Horse and Hattock". Being a bold man, he repeated the cry, and immediately found himself whirled away in the air with a troop of fairies to the King of France's cellar. There they caroused all night so merrily that the Laird fell asleep and was left behind. The royal butler found him the next day, still fast asleep, with a cup of curious workmanship in his hand. He was taken before the King, and told him all that had happened. The King pardoned him, and he returned home with the fairy cup, which was kept in his family for several generations.A selection of tales from her four-volume dictionary of British folk-tales and legends, with interesting introductions to each section. "Horse and Hattock" is one of the shortest stories in the book, and Duffus is a real place, near Elgin in northern Scotland. The Lairds of Duffus did own a fairy cup, a silver cup with their arms engraved on it, but there was nothing about it that would make you think that it actually came from fairyland.

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