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The Land of the Green Man: A Journey through the Supernatural Landscapes of the British Isles
 

The Land of the Green Man: A Journey through the Supernatural Landscapes of the British Isles (Paperback)

By Larrington, Carolyne

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Beyond its housing estates and identikit high streets there is another Britain. This is the Britain of mist-drenched forests and unpredictable sea-frets: of wraith-like fog banks, druidic mistletoe and peculiar creatures that lurk, half-unseen, in the undergrowth, tantalising and... teasing just at the periphery of human vision. How have the remarkably persistent folkloric traditions of the British Isles formed and been formed by the identities and psyches of those who inhabit them? In her sparkling new history, Carolyne Larrington explores the diverse ways in which a myriad of imaginary and fantastical beings has moulded the cultural history of the nation. Fairies, elves and goblins here tread purposefully, sometimes malignly, over an eerie, preternatural landscape that also conceals brownies, selkies, trows, knockers, boggarts, land-wights, Jack o'Lanterns, Barguests, the sinister Nuckleavee, or water-horse, and even Black Shuck: terrifying hell-hound of the Norfolk coast with eyes of burning coal. Focusing on liminal points where the boundaries between this world and that of the supernatural grow thin those marginal tide-banks, saltmarshes, floodplains, moors and rock-pools wherein mystery lies the author shows how mythologies of Mermen, Green men and Wild-men have helped and continue to help human beings deal with such ubiquitous concerns as love and lust, loss and death and continuity and change. Evoking the Wild Hunt, the ghostly bells of Lyonesse and the dread fenlands haunted by Grendel, and ranging the while from Shetland to Jersey and from Ireland to East Anglia, this is a book that will captivate all those who long for the wild places: the mountains and chasms where Gog, Magog and their fellow giants lie in wait.
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ISBN 9781350130258
Released NZ 13 Jun 2019
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781350130258
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Bloomsbury Academic
Released 13 Jun 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Larrington, Carolyne
Category Literary Studies: General
History Of Ideas, Intellectual History
Local History
Ancient Celtic Religion
Myths & Mythology
Folklore
Human Geography
The Countryside, Country Life
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Dewey Code 398.20941
Weight 254g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Popular Culture & Media: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade

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