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The Fabled Coast: LegendsTraditions from Around the Shores of Britain and Ireland Pirates And Smugglers, Ghost Ships And Sea Serpents, Fishermen S Prayers And Sailors Rituals The Coastline Of The British Isles Plays Host To An Astonishingly Rich Variety Of Local Legends, Customs, And Superstitions In The Fabled Coast, Renowned Folklorists Sophia Kingshill And Jennifer Westwood Gather Together The Most Enthralling Tales And Traditions, Tracing Their Origins And Examining The Facts Behind The Legends Was There Ever Such A Beast As The Monstrous Kraken Did A Welsh Prince Discover America, Centuries Before Columbus What Happened To The Missing Crew Of The Mary Celeste Along The Way, They Recount The Stories That Are An Integral Part Of The Coastal Heritage, Such As The Tale Of Drake S Drum, Said To Be Heard When England Was In Peril, And The Mythical Island Of Hy Brazil, Which For Centuries Appeared On Sea Charts And Maps To The West Of Ireland The Result Is An Endlessly Fascinating, Often Surprising Journey Through Britain S Island History


10 thoughts on “The Fabled Coast: LegendsTraditions from Around the Shores of Britain and Ireland

  1. says:

    This was unlike any other book I ve ever read It takes you on a whirlwind tour around the coast of the UK and Ireland, pausing at particular geographical locations to spin a yarn about a myth, legend, fable, or tradition associated with that area, before galloping on to the next place Every single one of those pauses and yarns could have probably filled a whole book in themselves, and each one was told so beautifully and concisely, so as to give a richly tantalising window into people s relati This was unlike any other book I ve ever read It takes you on a whirlwind tour around the coast of the UK and Ireland, pausing at particular geographical locations to spin a yarn about a myth, legend, fable, or tradition associated with that area, before galloping on to the next place Every single one of those pauses and yarns could have probably filled a whole book in themselves, and each one was told so beautifully and concisely, so as to give a richly tantalising window into people s relationships with the sea and one another There were tales of smugglers and pirates mermaids, selkies, and kelpies gods and saints natural phenomena, fishermen s superstitions, and muchAt the end I felt dizzied, like I d seen a flash of a thousand bright jewels, and felt very much that the child like part of me that believes in magic and mermaids had been well fed I know that every time I am by the sea now, I will be thinking of all the marvels that I have heard tell of in this book, and keeping a close eye out for sea serpents and ghost ships I also found out so many things that I didn t know already even about the area that I grew up in This is such an important book, bringing together what must have been a lifetime of careful research on the part of the authors, and I think it will prove to be an invaluable reference work as well as an inspirational one for a very long time


  2. says:

    Folklore is still inherently entrenched into life in the United Kingdom and, indeed, in a vast number of countries and communities on an international scale The introduction of The Fabled Coast Legends and Traditions from Around the Shores of Britain and Ireland states that the coastline of the British Isles plays host to an astonishingly rich variety of local legends, customs and superstitions , all of which the authors have tried to incorporate into the book Their main aim, they tell the Folklore is still inherently entrenched into life in the United Kingdom and, indeed, in a vast number of countries and communities on an international scale The introduction of The Fabled Coast Legends and Traditions from Around the Shores of Britain and Ireland states that the coastline of the British Isles plays host to an astonishingly rich variety of local legends, customs and superstitions , all of which the authors have tried to incorporate into the book Their main aim, they tell the reader, is to examine the facts behind the legends.The introduction, both far reaching and well written, describes how such legends came to be The traditions of storytelling are outlined and then elaborated upon, and instances of the earliest recorded folklore of the sea have been included Many historical figures also feature on the book s pages, ranging from Sir Francis Drake to Grace O Malley, the sixteenth century pirate queen of Connaught The Fabled Coast is split into a variety of different sections, all of which encompass different counties and districts around the Britain and Ireland These range from Wales and the Scottish Lowlands to Southern Eire and East Anglia Every stretch of coastline has been included, as have the majority of the islands which are dotted around our shores Legends flourish in these borders between land and sea, we are told, and such places provide a setting for some of the most beautiful, terrible, and memorable tales of folklore.Maps have been included at the start of each section in order to pinpoint the exact areas which the following text refers to In each separate section, a host of different places have been incorporated, along with the legends, lore and tales which are believed to have originated in them All are in alphabetical order, hence why the first section on South West England Channel Islands begins with Abbotsbury, Bideford, Bodmin and Boscastle, and the North East England section ends with entries about Skinningrove, Staithes, Whitby and York.The legends and folklore which the authors have included have been taken from almost every period in the history of Britain and Ireland, and the stories which are so wonderfully evoked are both ancient and modern These range from a tale originating in seventeenth century Bristol regarding a ship believed to have been infested with witches , to the unexplained phenomenon of St Elmo s Fire in Norfolk from Mrs Leakey, the whistling ghost of Minehead, to the legend of King Arthur s sword and from the tale of how the Giant s Causeway in Northern Ireland came to be, to the drowned city of Dunwich in Suffolk These stories, ranging from the amusing to the chilling, are incredibly well balanced, and great care has been taken to ensure that no two similar events have been included References are made to similar tales occurring in other parts of the United Kingdom, but there is an ingrained sense of astuteness on the part of the authors throughout to make certain that each tale can be viewed with the fresh eyes of the reader.Not just legends and folklore people this volume Double paged spreads dotted throughout reveal what we know and believe about such stories as Atlantis, The Flying Dutchman and smugglers and wreckers, as well as pages which explain the origins of figureheads and the naming of ships Events of historical significance, findings from various archaeological digs, mythical creatures and the influence of sea gods upon ancient communities are all woven into the book, creating rather an astoundingly multi layered volume Various primary and secondary sources are referenced and quoted throughout the book, and the bibliography and list of references are both impressive in their scale in consequence The Fabled Coast is wonderfully set out The headings are bold and the typeface throughout is consistent Two sections of glossy pictures can be found in the book, most of which are in colour, and a whole host of black and white illustrations have also been placed next to the appropriate text throughout, adding a wealth of information to the stories they relate to.Kingshill and Westwood s book is a rich and far reaching account, filled with exquisite historical detail A lot of work has clearly been put into the volume and it is meticulous in its detail The Fabled Coast is a must read for anyone interested in folklore, the origins of British traditions and superstitions, or merely as our heritage as a nation It is perhaps not a volume to read all in one go as this reviewer did , but one to dip into here and there Such a book is an incredible achievement, a vast collection of folklore and tradition which deserves to reach an extremely wide readership


  3. says:

    Enjoyable A collection of folklore, legends traditions from the coasts of England, Ireland, Scotland Wales Entertaining Enjoyable A collection of folklore, legends traditions from the coasts of England, Ireland, Scotland Wales Entertaining


  4. says:

    I was reading this as research for some coastal stories I m writing and it was a joy to read, engaging and not at all dull The authors explain the origins of the seafaring tall tales and often debunk them but in a kind way as they obviously love stories of mermaids and shipwrecks as much as I do The regional sections, cross referencing, and clear indexing made it easy to use too and the illustrations, both colour and sketches, were a fun addition as artists of the past tried to put faces to fa I was reading this as research for some coastal stories I m writing and it was a joy to read, engaging and not at all dull The authors explain the origins of the seafaring tall tales and often debunk them but in a kind way as they obviously love stories of mermaids and shipwrecks as much as I do The regional sections, cross referencing, and clear indexing made it easy to use too and the illustrations, both colour and sketches, were a fun addition as artists of the past tried to put faces to fantastic beasts of the sea Recommended for anyone who loves the sea, definitely not just for historians or folklorists


  5. says:

    This should have been a 4 star book for me I picked it up trying to get some fables and ideas to work into my novel writing And the collection of tales here is fantastic, based all round the Isles where I live and have lived But often the tale is not told particularly well, coming across bland even thought the subject matter is terrific So a great reference book for me, with great research but alas let down as the storytelling is just okay But still worth it for the tales.


  6. says:

    Folklore is still a great part of Britain, with tales, myths and legends still being talked about Great collection of tales and myths from around the British Isles and Ireland Easy to read and a great insight into most of the legends aroundBritain.


  7. says:

    A lot of fascinating fables but would have been easier to digest if it was split between a couple of books.


  8. says:

    A richly researched compendium of folklore and tall tales from around the coast of the British Isles, this volume is guaranteed to stimulate the imagination of ignorant landlubbers such as myself who know but little of the lore of the sea Rather like the Folklore, Myths and Legends of Britain published over forty years ago, the stories and anecdotes contained in this book are divided up by region, and then presented alphabetically in line with location, but unlike the earlier publication, als A richly researched compendium of folklore and tall tales from around the coast of the British Isles, this volume is guaranteed to stimulate the imagination of ignorant landlubbers such as myself who know but little of the lore of the sea Rather like the Folklore, Myths and Legends of Britain published over forty years ago, the stories and anecdotes contained in this book are divided up by region, and then presented alphabetically in line with location, but unlike the earlier publication, also encompass rich material from the island of Ireland Dotted throughout the book are a number of inserts dealing with non regionally specific lore of the sea, such as that connected with figureheads, soul birds and mermaids Although a certain proportion of this material was already known to me, the greater part of it was not By dint of being the type of book that this is, it is perhapsa book for dipping into than reading from cover to cover, which is why I awarded it perhaps unfairly with four rather than five stars If you have any interest in the folklore of Britain and Ireland, I would warmly recommend that you read this book, but if you simply wish to dip into its pages and bring a smile to your lips, I would suggest that you read The king of Ulster and the sea monster , which is ludicrously entertaining


  9. says:

    c2012 As it says on the tin, really This would make for an excellent reference book for any aspiring writers as there are some legends that are just begging to be expanded Its very readable and the chapters are set out per region etc However, after a while, no matter what the region, they all become a little bit samey Recommended to the writers among the normal crew Still as a mouse if you chance to sit by a deep, deep lane in Sussex Where the trees grow arching over it You may hear the c2012 As it says on the tin, really This would make for an excellent reference book for any aspiring writers as there are some legends that are just begging to be expanded Its very readable and the chapters are set out per region etc However, after a while, no matter what the region, they all become a little bit samey Recommended to the writers among the normal crew Still as a mouse if you chance to sit by a deep, deep lane in Sussex Where the trees grow arching over it You may hear the chink of a ghostly bit And watch the men and horses flit Down the hollow ways of Sussex


  10. says:

    Collection of myths and legends from the coastline of Britain and Ireland, very interesting especially as it includes ones from where I live now, my home county and places I have visited.