Browsing posts tagged: Customs & Traditions
The Christmas Book

For the family who wants to make this Christmas the best ever comes The Christmas Book. Stuffed full of festive fun, this is an amusing and informative guide to surviving and making the most of the holiday season. This is a wonderful celebration of Christmas that all the family can enjoy, including: Christmas games for […]

Stations of the Sun

Comprehensive and engaging, this colourful study covers the whole sweep of ritual history from the earliest written records to the present day. From May Day revels and Midsummer fires, to Harvest Home and Hallowe’en, to the twelve days of Christmas, Ronald Hutton takes us on a fascinating journey through the ritual year in Britain. He […]

Grandma’s Remedies

Long before modern medicines became so widely available, families treated everyday illnesses with home-made remedies. Reused and refined year after year, they were handed down through the generations then lovingly copied into personal ‚receipt‘ books. Grandma’s Remedies brings together a beguiling collection of them, gathered from dusty medicine chests found in attics, recalled from childhoods […]

Helena of Britain in Medieval Legend

St Helena, mother of Constantine the Great and legendary finder of the True Cross, was appropriated in the middle ages as a British saint. The rise and persistence of this legend harnessed Helena’s imperial and sacred status to portray her as a romance heroine, source of national pride, and a legitimising link to imperial Rome. […]

The Quest For Hermes Trismegistus

From the sands of Alexandria via the Renaissance palaces of the Medicis, to our own times, this spiritual adventure story traces the profound influence of Hermes Trismegistus — the ‚thrice-great one‘, as he was often called — on the western mind. For centuries his name ranked among the most illustrious of the ancient world. Considered […]

Living Folklore

Living Folklore is a comprehensive, straightforward introduction to folklore as it is lived, shared and practiced in contemporary settings. Drawing on examples from diverse American groups and experiences, this text gives the student a strong foundation from the field’s history and major terms to theories, interpretive approaches, and fieldwork.Many teachers of undergraduates find the available […]

Imagining Robin Hood

A.J. Pollard takes us back to the earliest surviving stories, tales and ballads of Robin Hood, and re-examines the story of this fascinating figure. Setting out the economic, social and political context of the time, Pollard illuminates the legend of this yeoman hero and champion of justice as never before.Imagining Robin Hood questions: what a […]

The Ancient Olympics

The word 'athletics' is derived from the Greek verb 'to struggle for a prize'. After reading this book, no one will see the Olympics as a graceful display of Greek beauty again, but as war by other means.Nigel Spivey paints a portrait of the Greek Olympics as they really were – fierce contests between bitter […]

Stories from a Tearoom Window

The Japanese tea ceremony blends art with nature and has for centuries brought harmony to the daily life of its practitioners.Stories From a Tearoom Window is a timeless collection of tales of the ancient tea sages, compiled in the eighteenth century. Both longtime adherents and newcomers to the tea ceremony will be fascinated by these […]

The Book Of Hiram

This is the extraordinary story of Knight and Lomas’s fourteen year quest to uncover the secret teachings buried beneath Roslin Chapel near Edinburgh. Their quest ends with extraordinary revelations about early human history – the origins of Christianity, of Freemasonry and of science. They show that all were charged with a belief in a secret […]