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Tales from the Terrific Register: The Book of Wonders [Kindle Edition]

Cate Ludlow
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From strange medical afflictions, including crumbling skeletons and 'mortifying' limbs, to miraculous escapes and singlular preservations, wonderful beasts such as the vast guardian snake of Nurrah, and all manner of plagues, earthquakes and disasters, the Terrific Register was an essential purchase for lovers of strange tales across England. This selection contains the most startling tales from this 185-year-old publication. Amongst the prodigious marvels contained herein you will find giants, children with horns and babies brought up by wolves, uncanny dreams, devils, and attacks by everything from cannibals to buffalos, snakes, sharks, wolves, rats, crocodiles, bears, 'the ferocious attack of a lioness on the Exeter mail', and a man bitten twenty times by a shark whilst fishing in Yorkshire. Richly illustrated with original woodcuts, this volume will delight lovers of the Fortean everywhere.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1516 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (15 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KPT8SR8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #402,129 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars INTERESTING LITTLE BOOK 12 Dec. 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
These books go to show that fascination with weird and wonderful phenomena is not a modern thing. This is a very fascinating look at what was considered 'Fortean' long before Charles Fort himself was born, and in many ways this addition to the series is pretty random, since there is no real central 'theme', but that only adds to its charm. I suspect some of the stories within are outright fabrication - Georgian and Victorian urban legends, if you like. But this book certainly ought to be a must-have reference work for those writing about mysteries in this day and age. How can anyone not be fascinated by the attack on the Exeter mail by a lion, or by the seemingly endless parade of strange and grimly comedic fatalities noted within this book?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Weird and wonderful 17 Sept. 2009
Format:Hardcover
This is my favourite of the Terrific Register volumes as you don't know what remarkable wonder you'll find next. Featuring everything from tarantulas to spontaneous combustion, it is filled with all manner of weird and wonderful tales.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An ancient Fortean Times 7 Sept. 2009
Format:Hardcover
If you like 'Fortean Times' (or have a secret fondness for films like 'Anaconda'...) then I think you will love this.

I chose the extracts for this collection, and I can honestly say that it was the best job I've ever had. As a die-hard fan of creature features, my personal favourites probably involve unlikely animal attacks: 'sucked to death by a bear', the archbishop devoured by rats or the 'ferocious attack of a lioness of the Exeter mail'... However, all these stories made my eyes boggle (or made me laugh, at least...) - tales of people flying, growing horns, crumbling to dust, having children with three eyes, fleeing storms, lightning or locusts, predicting their own murder or coming back to life after an unfortunate hanging... I can see why Charles Dickens loved it so much: there's even a few spontaneous human combustions in here for all you 'Bleak House' fans...

If you'd like something hilarious to put in your bathroom (or a decent Christmas present for someone with excellent taste), I hope you'll consider this.
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Really great book. I would recommend this to everyone who likes a good read.
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