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Mysterious Britain [Paperback]

Janet Bord , Colin Bord
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9 May 1995
A guide to the ancient sites and monuments of Britain, with associated legends and theories of origins. Sites include Glastonbury, and the Arthurian and grail legends.

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  • Paperback: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons; New edition edition (9 May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855384612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855384613
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 916,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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• Why and how did the ancient Britons transport huge bluestones over great distances to form their circles of standing stones?
• What is the truth about leys – the invisible straight lines connecting ancient sacred sites?
• For what purpose were earth mounds raised all over Britain, and why did early Christians build their churches upon them?

The landscapes of Britain and Ireland are covered with ancient sacred sites. Many places have mysteries and legends associated with them. Janet and Colin Bord have created a guide to both the sites and the mythology and folklore of the two lands. Organised thematically, the chapters include standing stones, hill figures and holy wells and many other mysteries, from the Glastonbury Zodiac to the Marshfield Mummers. The wealth of intriguing information renders it essential reading for anyone interested in the history, mythology and magic of these lands.

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"It is a fascinating and beautifully produced book, a kind of science fiction that looks into the past while suggesting some startling research for the future"
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About the Author

Janet and Colin Bord have written numerous books on earth mysteries, including ‘Mysterious Britain’ and ‘The Enchanted Land’, also published by Thorsons.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for an enquiring mind 1 July 2011
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I bought this book in 1976 and this purchase was a gift for a friend. Is there another book that covers so many different individual aspects of the strange, mysterious and the paranormal in Britain? If there is I don't know of it. Let's be clear, this book doesn't cover anyone thing in depth but when I first read it the experience was a revelation. I new about many subjects inside but there where lots more that I had no idea of and that's where it excels. It is a fabulous introduction to Britain's many strange places and even stranger events. The Glastonbury zodiac, laid out in the fields surrounding Glastonbury. Like the animals on the Nazca plain in Southern America, only really discernable from the sky. Enigmas and legends attached to various locations, featuring well know places like Tintagel and lesser known places such as Chun hill fort and quoit. I had just visited Chun in Cornwall in September 1976 and as I was young thought I would never see it again. Cornwall seemed on another planet in those days as I had journeyed 400 miles there from Lincolnshire. I was in a book shop in Tintagel and picked up Janet and Colin Bord's Mysterious Britain and on the very first page that I opened what should be looking up at me but a photograph of Chun quoit! I flicked through and found information on the lost land of Lyonesse, purported to have been situated between Lands End and the Isles of Scilli, Avebury in Wiltshire, older than the pyramids and Wayland smithy, the eerie Neolithic tomb on Britain's oldest track way. I was hooked and quickly made my purchase. I can't recommend this book enough to all those of you who are new to Britain's mysterious past; it's a good appetite wetter and something that you can dip in and out of. Not every subject will suite everybody but for those who think they have to go to Africa or travel the world for the bizarre and strange look no further than your back yard, it's a good place to start as is this book.
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