Books

All of these books can be ordered from the Folklore Society. To order please contact us. We will invoice you for the price of the books plus postage and packing. Cheques in pounds sterling drawn on a UK bank and payable to Folklore Enterprises Ltd.

Music and Tradition in Early Industrial Lancashire, 1780-1840

Roger Elbourne, with a foreword by David Martin

The industrial revolution and the massive change it wrought in traditional ways of life are clearly reflected in the traditional music of the period, and Roger Elbourne has used material from the weaving towns of Lancashire to study this…

Primitive Religion and Healing

Paul V. A. Williams

This volume in the Mistletoe Series is concerned with contemporary religions and healing practices. Dr Williams spent ten months in the Recôncavo area of north-east Brazil, obtaining first hand information about the popular religion of the…

Studies in English and Scandinavian Folklore

Jacqueline Simpson, Edited by Patricia Lysaght and James Grayson

Described as one of the key 'bridge-builders in international folklore studies,' Dr Jacqueline Simpson's contribution to the study of English and Scandinavian folklore is highlighted in this commemorative volume. Drawing on her substantial…

The Banished Child

Clement Abiaziem Okafor

This study of cante-fable narratives collected by Dr Okafor among the Tonga of Southern Zambia selects one long, elaborate tale, 'The Banished Child', for a detailed analysis. This story is given in full, in the original and in translation.…

The English Mumming Play

Eddie Cass, Michael J. Preston and Paul Smith

British traditional drama has generated fierce scholarly debate, as the 280 works listed in this bibliography can testify. The three authors, all members of the Traditional Drama Research Group, guide us through the vexed questions of…

The Fate of the Dead

Theo Brown

When the Protestant reformers of the early sixteenth century attacked Roman Catholic 'superstitions', one of the chief areas where differences between the new and old doctrines appeared was over the question of purgatory. The formal and…

The Hero in Tradition and Folklore

Edited by Hilda R.E. Davidson (Introduction By Carmen Blacker)

This book looks at the role of the hero in folklore, ranging from the complex figure of St George to the early heroes of the Old Testament and the West Indian trickster Anansi. The hero is considered not only as a warrior, but as a man…

The Jack-in-the-Green

Roy Judge

“a turning point in folklore studies which showed how much could be learned from a systematic investigation of historical evidence” Ronald Hutton, The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain

The 'Jack-in-the-Green', a…