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Thursday, 4 December 2008

NEW BOOK: English Holy Wells : A sourcebook by Jeremy Harte

What happens if you track down the earliest known reference to every holy well in England? The vivid traditions of these sites, many of them hitherto unknown, cast a new light on whether holy wells were taken over from pagan precursors, and what the Reformation meant for sacred landscapes. Colourful tales of saints, sprites and charlatans reveal the lively side of medieval popular religion.

With this book the study of English holy wells moves out of the realms of romanticism and myth-making into the light of history. Jeremy Harte draws on maps, miracles, legends and landscapes to present his detailed discussions in a readable and often witty manner.

Jeremy Harte is a folklorist with a particular interest in sacred places and supernatural encounters. His other books include Explore Fairy Traditions, Cuckoo Pounds and Singing Barrows: Folklore of Ancient Sites in Dorset, Legends (Discover Dorset), The Green Man, Research in Geomancy and Alternative Approaches to Folklore. He is curator of Bourne Hall Museum in Surrey.

Forthcoming December 2008

English Holy Wells comprises three volumes, published by Heart of Albion. Volume One is supplied with a CD-ROM of Volumes Two and Three to make the complete work available at an affordable price.

Volume One (includes CD-ROM of Volumes Two and Three): ISBN 978-1-905646-10-4, 245 x 175 mm, 168 + xvi pages, 24 b&w line drawings, paperback. £14.95

Volume Two: ISBN 978-1-905646-13-5, 245 x 175 mm, 210 + iv pages, paperback.
£19.95

Volume Three: ISBN 978-1-905646-14-2, 245 x 175 mm, 158 + iv pages, paperback.
£19.95

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