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Fairy and Folk Tales

Fairy and folk tales from England, Scotland and Ireland. Includes some non-fiction titles for further study of these classic stories. Selections for all ages.

Also see: Myth and Legend.

  • Medieval FolkloreMedieval Folklore:
    A Guide to Myths, Legends, Tales, Beliefs and Customs

    Carl Lindahl

    Over 250 alphabetically-arranged entries span a broad spectrum of topics, embracing major themes in folk culture and the legends and sagas of classic European literature, both oral and written, dating from 500 to 1500.

    Paperback: 512 pages

  • Medieval Tales and StoriesMedieval Tales and Stories:
    108 Prose Narratives of the Middle Ages

    Stanley Applebaum

    Stories chosen from ten medieval collections offer a wonderful glimpse into many elements of medieval culture – witchcraft, magic, Crusaders, astrology, alchemy, pacts with the Devil, chivalry, trial by torture, church councils, mercantile life, and famous figures such as Abelard, Dante, and Giotto, and much more.

    Paperback: 288 pages

  • The Forest in Folklore and MythologyThe Forest in Folklore and Mythology
    Alexander Porteous

    Fascinating compendium of facts, folklore, superstitions, myths, and anecdotes about trees and the forest. Forest customs, temples and sacred groves, mythical forest creatures, famous trees, unusual trees, tree worship, fossil trees, Yule logs, much more.

    Paperback: 320 pages

  • English Fairy and Folk TalesEnglish Fairy and Folk Tales
    Edwin Sidney Hartland

    Classic collection of more than 70 time-honored tales includes classics tales about giants, witches, goblins, ghosts, and the devil himself – all favorites with generations of collectors and fairy tale enthusiasts.

    Paperback: 320 pages

  • Celtic Fairy TalesCeltic Fairy Tales
    Joseph Jacobs

    Twenty-six enchanting stories assembled from Welsh, Scottish and Irish sources, including "King O'Toole and His Goose," "The Lad with the Goat Skin, "The Sea Maiden," and more with illustrations from their original editions. 37 illustrations.

    Paperback: 267 pages

  • English Fairy TalesEnglish Fairy Tales
    Joseph Jacobs

    Jacobs collected and adapted many tales in his lifetime and made contributions to the field of fairy tale studies. First published in 1892, this is one of the most popular of his collections. Early variations of well-known tales are included such as Cinderella and Three Little Pigs. Along with the classics there are lesser-known tales full of suspense, action, ghosts, magic, wicked stepmothers, love lost, imps, and fairies.

    Paperback: 428 pages

  • Irish Folk and Fairy Tales OmnibusIrish Folk and Fairy Tales Omnibus
    Michael Scott

    Stories and legends that range from the misty dawn of Gaelic history and the triumph of St Patrick to the Ireland of the present day. Tales as beautiful, mystical, and enchanting as the ancient land itself.

    Paperback: 656 pages

  • Scottish Folk and Fairy TalesScottish Folk and Fairy Tales
    Gordon Jarvie

    Collection of Scottish fairy tales, folk tales and legends, which have been passed on from generation to generation, and have been brought together in this one volume.

    Paperback: 208 pages

  • Favorite Medieval TalesFavorite Medieval Tales
    Mary Pope Osborne

    A collection of well-known tales from medieval Europe, including "Beowulf," "The Sword in the Stone," "The Song of Roland," and "The Island of the Lost Children." Each story includes a full-page illustration; an illuminated plate containing the title, a quote from the source in the original language, and an English translation; and, often, a spot illustration.

    Paperback: 86 pages

  • The Annotated Classic Fairy TalesThe Annotated Classic Fairy Tales
    Maria Tatar

    Twenty-six classic, mainly European, fairy tales, which have been newly translated. True to the oral tradition, each lively tale is perfect for reading aloud; but in addition, Harvard professor Tatar brings folklore scholarship to the general reader with annotations in the margins of the pages, including historical context, psychology, feminism, cultural variations, and more. Over 300 color illustrations.

    Hardcover: 448 pages
  • The Oxford Companion to Fairy TalesThe Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales
    Jack David Zipes

    Arranged alphabetically, The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales covers authors, illustrators, individual titles, and countries of origin for the fairy tales of Europe, from medieval times through the era of Walt Disney.

    Paperback: 640 pages

  • The Merry Adventures of Robin HoodThe Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
    Howard Pyle

    Tales of Robin Hood, based on medieval ballads, rewritten and fully developed to form a unified story. Facsimile of original edition first published in 1883. 23 full-page illustrations.

    Paperback: 296