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Whether on top of the Christmas Tree, at the bottom of the garden or in school pantomimes, today we think of fairies as sweet, dainty creatures with wands and butterly wings. But, as Diane Purkiss shows, they have a far darker and more menacing history - as troublemakers, child-snatchers, seducers and changelings, representing our deepest fears and desires regarding birth, sex and death. From these dangerous beings of ancient myths and medieval folklore, to the sanitized 'wingy thingies' of Shakespeare and the Victorians, and even modern myths of alien abduction, this is an enthralling history of our need to believe in fairies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780752440736
ISBN-10: 075244073X
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 165mm x 10mm)
Pages: 236
Imprint: The History Press Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 10-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Diane Purkiss

Diane Purkiss graduated from the University of Queensland before taking her D.Phil at Merton College, Oxford. She worked as professor of English at Exeter Universiry before becoming senior tutor in English at Keble College, Oxford. She specialises in the supernatural, women's writing and folklore, and has written several books on women's history and witchcraft, notably 'The Witch in History'. She lives in Oxford.

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