The Secret Lore of London: The city's forgotten stories and mythology (Paperback)
  • The Secret Lore of London: The city's forgotten stories and mythology (Paperback)

The Secret Lore of London: The city's forgotten stories and mythology (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages
Published: 24/03/2016
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With a foreword by Iain Sinclair.

London is an ancient city, whose foundation dates back literally thousands of years into the legendary prehistory of these islands. Not surprisingly it has accumulated a large number of stories, both historic and mythical, during this period, many of which, though faithfully recorded at the time, have lain almost forgotten in dusty libraries throughout the city.

The Secret Lore of London is a guide to the legends, including a discussion of their importance as part of the oral tradition of Britain, combining Prehistoric, Celtic, Arthurian, Roman, Saxon and Norman levels - each of which has contributed to the many-layered life of the city.

The first part contains a unique selection of essays (some printed here for the first time) by experts in their fields, each of whom possesses a unique interest in the legends of these islands, and who have written widely on associated themes.

The second part of the book will consist of a Gazetteer of the sites mentioned which are still in existence, together with various other sites of associated interest, compiled by the Editor, the contributors, and members of the London Earth Mysteries Group. This part will be fully updated and extended to include many more sites.

The result is a wide ranging and wholly fascinating book, with wide sales application possible. A series of appendixes will include William Stukley's extraordinary document The Brill, which relates to the ancient prehistoric sites around the area of present day St. Pancras, and excerpts from some of the best known 19th and early 20th century works on Legendary London by Lewis Spence and Harold Bayley

Contributors to the book are:
Nigel Pennick
John Matthews
Caroline Wise
Caitlín Matthews
Carol Clancy
R.J. Stewart
Bernard Nesfield-Cookson
Gareth Knight
Robert Stephenson
Geraldine Beskin
Chesca Potter
William Stukeley
Lewis Spence
Harold Bayley
Alan V. Insole
Ross Nichols

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781473620247
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 475 g
Dimensions: 232 x 152 x 24 mm


This book is a companion for anyone wanting to explore the capital city's mythology and folklore... I think you'll enjoy peeling back the layers of history. - The Bookish Badger

So, so brilliant. Absolutely loved it....Overall this is a fascinating book. It has history and legend, great references to literature and architecture, everything I could want in a non-fiction book. - Osbian Reviews

The Secret Lore of London completes its siren call with an intricate and alluring cover...If you have even the smallest interest in myth, legend and London, then this is a book for you. - Cultural Wednesday

London is such a vast city with a long, interesting and fascinating history, so to tackle this subject is very brave and admirable. If you have an insatiable hunger for knowledge, this book will give you food for thought as it opens a wonderfully colourful world that forms the foundations of what we believe to be 'solid' history. - The Legends of London

I have to say that I am delighted that the best material from The Aquarian Guide has been given a new lease of life, letting new readers enjoy a collection of wonderful essays that have been been long out of print. The new material makes the book even better - and the title and cover are a lot more up to date too! - Before It's News

A fascinating look at how our ancestors viewed their streets, and a guide to the sites of legends and myths. - History Revealed

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