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2.0 out of 5 stars A misguided enterprise, 23 Sept. 2013
This review is from: English Fairy Tales & Legends (Kindle Edition)
In the preface to this book Rosalind Kerven states that 'Many people in England have little knowledge of genuine 'English' fairy tales'. This may well be the case, but I doubt this book will improve the situation since all the stories are already available in other, more detailed, collections by Sybil Marshall, James Reeves and Kevin Crossley-Holland amongst others.

The first story in this collection, 'King Arthur and the hideous Hag', is a reworking of an old theme that is touched on in many other folk tales as well as Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, but in this version the author describes Excalibur as the wondrous sword "which was gifted him by the lady of the lake".

'Gifted'? GIFTED????? Surely to use such an inelegant piece of modern slang in a collection of folk tales shows a lack of respect for, and sympathy with, the subject on the part of the author. At this point I put the book down and haven't bothered picking it up again.

The problem is that this is published by the National Trust and intended primarily for sale in their shops, which are full of things to buy for people you need to buy a present for but can't think what to get, and the kind of books which are bought by and for people who don't go to bookshops. Of course the National Trust could just have stocked the collections I've already mentioned, but they obviously hope to make a bigger profit by publishing their own.
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Initial post: 1 Jan 2016, 18:56:21 GMT
Ypres says:
Yes, 'gifted'. There's no such verb as 'to gift'. Twenty-first Century kidspeak, I suppose. Poor schmucks.
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