Dorset’s’ legends are its traditional stories told and retold over many centuries. They are the authentic voice of its past, its oral history, containing everything that real history doesn’t – simple causes, clear-cut right and wrong. Time has embellished some, in others the confusing details of real life have been smoothed into grander patterns. Where there are great rocks there will always be giants throwing them. Where the stone effigy of a knight lies asleep in church, a legend is likely to gather. Prophecy, visions, divine intervention, tragic death, the mysterious interference of the supernatural – Dorset’s legends are the last surviving link with the heroic days of its past.
138 x 204mm
Black and white illustrations throughout
ISBN 1 874336 56 3