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Shakespeare's Greenwood; The Customs of the Country the Language the Superstitions the Customs the Folklore the Birds & Trees the Parson the Poets the Novelist (Paperback) Loot Price: R423
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Shakespeare's Greenwood; The Customs of the Country the Language the Superstitions the Customs the Folklore the Birds &...

Shakespeare's Greenwood; The Customs of the Country the Language the Superstitions the Customs the Folklore the Birds & Trees the Parson the Poets the Novelist (Paperback)

George Morley

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1901. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... And not only in the greenwood of Warwickshire are customs practised to-day which date so far back as to render their origin obscure, but in centres of the county which are now busy with the hum and bustle of industry and are the gathering-places of toiling thousands, customs of quaintness and antiquity are still prosecuted, in spite of attempts to put them down, with a vigour which shows no sign of abating. One of these village customs (now observed in a thriving and thickly-populated town in the hardy North, a town which was once a secluded village and inhabited only by an order of devote nuns) is that of the Shrove Tuesday festival of football, which is played annually in the streets of Nuneaton--the "Milby" of George Eliot's "Scenes of Clerical Life." On the morning of the day the town presents quite a holiday appearance. The shops are shuttered and the young men turn out in hundreds to play their balls through the streets from one end of the town to the other, and win cheers and bright smiles from the faces of their bonnie lassies (the glove-factory girls) who line the pathways in gay attire and kerchief-covered heads. In the observance of this custom Warwickshire enjoys an almost unique position, since there seems to be only three other places in England (the towns of Dorking in Surrey, and Sedgefield and Chester-le-Street in Durham County) where the practice is carried out. What pancakes have in common with the game of football is a subject as obscure as it is interesting; but it is nevertheless a fact that for an unknown number of years the game of street football has been played in the thoroughfares of this in-Arden town upon the morning of Shrove Tuesday in each year, and at the present time its popularity (in spite of legal measures to suppres...

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Imprint: General Books LLC
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2012
First published: 2012
Authors: George Morley
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 3mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 50
ISBN-13: 978-1-154-17113-6
Categories: Books
LSN: 1-154-17113-2
Barcode: 9781154171136

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