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  • Published: 31 March 2012
  • ISBN: 9781409036197
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 464

London Lore

The legends and traditions of the world's most vibrant city




Discover the colourful traditions and bizarre superstitions of the world's most vibrant city

In which part of North London were wild beasts once thought to roam the sewers?
Why did 1920s working-class Londoners wear necklaces of blue beads?
Who was the original inspiration for the 'pearly king' costume?
And did Spring-heeled Jack, scourge of Victorian London, ever really exist?

Exploring everything from local superstitions and ghost stories to annual customs, thisis an enchanting guide to the ancient legends and deep-rooted beliefs that can be found the length and breadth of the city.

  • Published: 31 March 2012
  • ISBN: 9781409036197
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 464

About the author

Steve Roud

Steve Roud was Local Studies Librarian for the London Borough of Croydon and served as Honorary Librarian of the Folklore Society for over fifteen years. He has been researching British folklore for over thirty years and is the joint author of the Oxford Dictionary of English Folklore, plus other books on traditional drama and folk song, and the Penguin Guide to the Superstitions of Britain and Ireland, whichwon the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award in 2004. His publications include London Lore (2008) and The Lore of the Playground (2010). He also compiles the Folk Song Index and the Broadside Index, two internationally acclaimed computer databases of traditional folk and popular song. He lives in Sussex.

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Praise for London Lore

a wonderful collection of stories and legends, to be recommended to anyone who is at least half in love with the dark side of London's past.

Peter Ackroyd, The Times

[An] absorbing compendium by folklore expert Steve Roud. He excavates the history of the capital, from obscure suburban streets to famous sites like the Tower of London

The London Paper

I've been enthralled ... The book's real strength lies [in] its exposure of deeper levels of custom, tradition and magical thinking that lie beneath the smooth Tarmac of contemporary realism

Will Self, Evening Standard

A spellbinding study of our city's folklore ... digs through layers of hearsay and speculation to investigate how and why the stories and traditions arose in the first place

Newham Recorder

An absorbing and fascinatingly thorough book

Harrow Observer

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