Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Folklore of Hampshire by Penny Legg

Folklore of Hampshire is packed full with well researched information about folklore in Hampshire. Topics include saints, royalty and celebrated citizens, which include Saint Swithun. We all know the well known saying if it rains on Saint Swithun’s day it will rain for forty days and forty nights and if it is fine it will be fine for forty days and forty nights. We learn about how he came to have so much influence over the weather.  You can also read all about Jane Austen and her background and connection to Hampshire. There are many more interesting people featured in this book.

The book also covers Hampshire traditions, customs and legends such as haunted places and buildings and ghostly stories, strange creatures, witches, highwaymen, folklore songs and much, much more.

Whether you live or are from the Hampshire area or if you are interested in history or folklore you will like this book. I am not from the Hampshire area and have never been there but found the book really interesting. There is also a good collection of photographs of the subjects covered in the book. This is the second book by Penny Legg that I have read and I am looking forward to reading more of her work.

For more information about the author click the following link: http://www.pennylegg.com/

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