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A Corner In The North

Hastings M. Neville
Written almost a century ago, A Corner in the North by Hastings M. Neville gives a real insight into country life and customs in Northumberland and the Borders. As a book it has stood the test of time and can be regarded as a classic in its field.

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Sidney Oldall Addy's book was first published by Trubner for the English Dialect Society in 1888, it has long been out of print, and is here reprinted in facsimile, together with Addy's Supplement to the Sheffield Glossary which came out in 1891. 2 Volumes

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Stephens' book, first published in Copenhagen and London in 1884, includes all the illustrations from his larger, three-volume work, but with shorter texts. As such, it provides a useful pictorial overview of the runic inscriptions of Scandinavia and England although readers should note that some of his emendations of worn or damaged characters are controversial. The book is reproduced here in reduced format to make it available at a reasonable price. The cover drawing is of a runic calendar mad.......

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Bandamanna Saga

John Porter
A superbly-told tale of greed and envy, of murder, bribery and corruption in eleventh-century Iceland, in which wit and cunning are pitted against wealth and power, and human allegiances crack and re-form under violent emotional and material pressures. This is a new translation of what the great critic W. P. Ker called 'the first reasonable and modern comedy in the history of Modern Europe.'

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Mrs Balfour's book, revised and edited by Mr. N. W. Thomas, was volume iv of the County Folklore series published by the Folklore Society in 1904, and here reproduced in facsimile. Her book, together with the Denham Tracts (1891) provided a fairly complete coverage of the subject. It takes the reader back to the old-fashioned country life of the Northumberland Border, its rough gaiety, its bonfire festivals, its harvest homes and its boistrous weddings.

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These examples of printed folklore concerning the Orkney and Shetland Islands were collected by G. F. Black and edited by Northcote W. Thomas to form vol. III of the County Folklore series published by David Nutt for the Folklore Society in 1903. It is reprinted here in facsimile as a Llanerch-Folklore Society paperback.

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A facsimile reprint of the edition published by Titus Wilson of Kendal in 1910. In his preface, Collingwood states "this book is not a novel. It is intended as a historical picture in the style of Michelet, or a little more so; the outline is fact, the shading is inference, and the colouring imagination.... But the named persons are real."

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This story is to be found in the great fourteenth-century Icelandic MS., known as Flateybook, cut up into separate pieces, which are seen when brought together to make a single tale, the Saga of Thrond. It seems to have been written by an Icelander in the thirteenth century.

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Icelandic Legends

Powell & Magnusson
These legends were collected by Jon Arnason early in the second half of the nineteenth century, at a time when the art of storytelling was still alive. The translation by George Powell and Eirikur Magnusson was first published in 1864; it has stood the test of time, and is reprinted here as a facsimile of that edition.


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The Landnama book of Iceland & A Glossary of Words in The Dialect of Cumberland, Westmorland and North Lancashire. Cognate place names and surnames and a supplement of words used in shepherding, folk-lore and antiquities. The two books go well together as they each deal with the dialect and folklore of what is now Cumbria.

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Between the leaving of the legions and the onslaught of the vikings, a warrior dynasty emerged out of the battles in the shadow of Hadrian's Wall to claim their royal capital at Bamburgh and carve out a kingdom from the north bank of the Humber to beyond the Firth of Forth.

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Northumbria in the days of Bede is that rare phenomenon, a scholar's labour of love designed for the widest possible audience.
In this absorbing book, Blair celebrates the brilliance of seventh and eighth century Northumbria. He defines the geography of this first great Anglo-Saxon kingdom, analyses its place names, details its kings; he recalls the lost Gods the Northumbrians still half-believed in after the momentous advent of Christianity....
For more than a century, Northumbria was the centr.......

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The Northumbrian Church, with its Celtic origins, extended right across the North of England and into Galloway in Scotland. Thus it encompassed Angles, Celts and, later, Scandinavian immigrants, whose combined influences resulted in a distinct style of religious art.

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This comprehensive work by E. J. Guthrie was first published in 1885. The present paperback is a facsimile reprint of that edition.

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Scandinavian Britain

W. G. Collingwood
W. G. Collingwood's account of the Viking settlement of Britain is still of considerable interest and value as a compact account of the subject in a single volume of modest size. This paperback edition is a facsimile reprint of the first edition, but without the introductory chapters which were by F. York Powell and are now considered to be of little value. The cover illustration is of the designs on the cross-slab of Arinborg at Kirk Andreas, Isle of Man. drawn by J. G. Cummings.

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Shetland Folklore

John Spence
First published in 1899, this paperback is a facsimile reprint of that edition. It includes an account of the Picts and their Brochs, prehistoric remains from the stone and bronze ages, Folk-lore, Proverbs and Sayings, and the Lammas Foy or fishermans' feast where many an old tale was told.

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