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The Folklore of Cornwall

The Oral Tradition of a Celtic Nation

Ronald M. James

The Folklore of Cornwall

Ronald M. James

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

256 pages | 10 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2018
Cloth $70.00 ISBN: 9780859894708 Will Publish June 2018 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
European folklore studies have long neglected Cornwall’s historic legends. Yet Cornwall is the land of King Arthur, Jack the Giant Killer, and the tragic lovers Tristan and Iseult, and its folktales are rife with mermaids, elves, and ghosts, not to mention tommyknockers, piskies, and spriggans.

The Folklore of Cornwall fills this gap, investigating the figures, tales, and beliefs of the region, and placing them in comparison with the folklore of Europe at large. Through analysis of myriad Cornish tales, historian Ronald M. James demonstrates the unique features exhibited by Cornish folklore, and shows the remarkable means by which these idiosyncrasies developed. Inviting readers to explore the culture and history of the peninsula beyond the Tamar River, this volume opens up premodern Cornish society to a wide audience. 
 
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