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Green Men & White Swans By Jacqueline Simpson

Green Men & White Swans
by Jacqueline Simpson

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Spanning beloved locals from the Three Witches to the Three Nuns, from the Ashen Faggot to the Twa Corbies, this book is both an intriguing insight into the history of the British pub and a captivating journey through the country's dramatic past.
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Green Men & White Swans Summary


Green Men & White Swans: The Folklore of British Pub Names by Jacqueline Simpson

Why do British pubs have such curious names? What tales lie behind the Moonrakers, the Hooden Horse, the Derby Tup? And why does the Green Man come in different shapes and sizes? In Green Men & White Swans, leading folklorist Jacqueline Simpson explores the fascinating stories behind pub names, uncovering the myths and legends, euphemisms and wordplays, heroes and even ghosts that have inspired pub landlords over the centuries. Spanning beloved locals from the Three Witches to the Three Nuns, from the Ashen Faggot to the Twa Corbies, this book is both an intriguing insight into the history of the British pub and a captivating journey through the country's dramatic past.

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Green Men & White Swans Reviews


"If you've ever wondered how pubs got their often esoteric names then dipping into Green Men & White Swans should provide enlightenment" * Choice *
"An engaging and inquisitive narrative voice ... As well as being an enjoyable account of local English folklore and history, the book provides an insight into the more esoteric behaviour that characterises English eccentricity" * Sunday Telegraph *
"In this enjoyable compendium, Simpson, a folklore expert, elucidates hundreds of mysterious pub names" * Financial Times *
"This book is both an intriguing insight into the history of the British pub and a captivating journey through the country's dramatic past" * Living North *

About Jacqueline Simpson


Dr Jacqueline Simpson was born in 1930 and studied English Literature and Medieval Icelandic at Bedford College, University of London. She has been an active member of the Folklore Society since the 1960s, having served at various times as Editor, Secretary and President. She also belongs to the Viking Society for Northern Research. She is particularly interested in local legends, both English and Scandinavian. Her books include British Dragons (1980), Scandinavian Folktales (1988), A Dictionary of English Folklore (2000, with Steve Roud), The Lore of the Land (2005, with Jennifer Westwood) and The Folklore of the Discworld (2008, with Terry Pratchett). She is a member of the Ghosts and Scholars Society and the Dracula Society. She lives in Sussex.

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GOR003867883
Green Men & White Swans: The Folklore of British Pub Names by Jacqueline Simpson
Jacqueline Simpson
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cornerstone
2011-06-02
368
0099520176
9780099520177
N/A
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