The Penguin Guide to the Superstitions of Britain and Ireland (Penguin Reference Books) Hardcover – 30 Oct 2003
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About the Author
Steve Roud is an expert on folklore and superstition and co-author of the OXFORD DICTIONARY OF BRITISH FOLKLORE. He lives in Maresfield, East Sussex.
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25 December 2015
The Penguin Guide to the Superstitions of Britain and Ireland is just what the title indicates: a comprehensive presentation of British and Irish superstitions, arranged in encyclopedia form with brief-to-long articles under subject headings. I have no academic expertise in the subject and so can't pass a scholarly judgement, but the author certainly seems well informed, and the sources he quotes range from recent times to almost the Middle Ages, so the book seems convincing. I'd say anyone who is interested in this subject, whether as a student of superstitions or because you (or a family member) grew up in Britain or Ireland where these beliefs were prevalent, will find this book endlessly interesting to browse through.
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