Wiltshire Folk Tales by Kirsty Hartsiotis (The History Press, 2011)
These lively and entertaining folk tales from one of Britain's most ancient counties are vividly retold by local storyteller Kirsty Hartsiotis. Their origins lost in the oral tradition, these thirty stories from Wiltshire reflect the wisdom of the county and its people. From the Giant's Dance to the Great Western Railway, no stone is left unturned to discover the roots of the county. Discover the Moonraker's passages and Merlin's trickery, dabchicks and the devil, the flying monk of Malmesbury and a canal ghost story. These tales have all stood the test of time, and remain classic texts that will be enjoyed time and again by modern readers.
What readers have said about the book:
'One of the great aspects of this collection is that the stories are so varied. There are ghost tales and legends, stories about monsters and stories about saints, historical tales and tales inspired by history.'
'It's a cracking read and a joy to immerse yourself in the stories of our heritage, this has been picked up frequently by visitors who quickly fined themselves engrossed in the stories of their surroundings.'
'There are stories around the creation of Stonehenge and The Amesbury Archer which not only satisfy the lover of folk tales but also may bring a smile to the face of armchair historians. Others run the usual gamut of tales of preachers and stories associated with saints, haunted woods and large black dogs - always a popular feature of British folklore.'
'As a Moonraker, had to read this. I was not disappointed! Recommend it to anyone interested in folklore. Excellent read.'
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