Friday 26 April 2019

Book Review: The Anthology of English Folk Tales (Folklore)

Title: The Anthology of English Folk Tales
Author: Various
The History Press

Publication Date: 2019
Bought Copy

This enchanting collection of stories gathers together folk tales from across England in one special volume. Drawn from The History Press’ popular Folk Tales series, herein lies a treasure trove of tales from a wealth of talented storytellers performing in the country today, including prominent figures Taffy Thomas MBE, Hugh Lupton, and Helen East. From hidden chapels and murderous vicars to traveling fiddlers and magical shape-shifters, this book celebrates the distinct character of England’s different customs, beliefs, and dialects, and is a treat for all who enjoy a good yarn.

Overall, I enjoyed this collection. A few tales I recognised, while others were new to me. Most were highly entertaining. The only reservations I had was that a few were not old but rather stories crafted in folkloric style, written as original works by the authors. To me, this collection should have included only established older stories with good provenance. Modern works are a different thing. Also, it would have been nice to have all counties represented. I can't believe it would have been impossible to find any stories from those left out. But this is still a nice introductory text and as such I am giving it four stars.

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