The Lore of the Land
A Guide to England's Legends, from Spring-heeled Jack to the Witches of Warboys
Jacqueline Simpson and Jennifer Westwood
An unforgettable journey through England's legendary past
Stop off at any English village or town or wander through the countryside and you will almost certainly discover some deep-rooted local legend. This lavishly illustrated survey looks at these stories, county by county, explaining when they date from, how they arose and what basis - if any - they have in fact. If you want to know how Devil's Dyke in Sussex got its name, or why stories link King Arthur with Lanercost Priory in Cumberland, then The Lore of the Land will provide the answers and show you at the same time just how deeply embedded in our culture these legends have become.
Dr Jacqueline Simpson was born in 1930, and studied English Literature and Medieval Icelandic at Bedford College, London University. She has been an active member of the Folklore Society since the 1960s, having served at various times as Editor, Secretary, and President. Her books include Icelandic Folktales and Legends (1971, 2004), The Folklore of the Welsh Border (1976, 2004), British Dragons (1980, 2000), and, jointly with Steve Roud, A Dictionary of English Folklore (2000). Jennifer Westwood was born in 1940 and studied English language at Oxford, then mediaeval Icelandic at Cambridge. A member of the Folklore Society, she has served as Editor of FLS Books and also the journal Folklore. Her books include Albion: A Guide to Legendary Britain (1985), Gothick Cornwall (1992), Lost Atlantis (1997) and On Pilgrimage (2003).