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A survey of the Devil in the English landscape – its place names, regional folklore and local stories.


From the Devil's Chimney to Hell Lane, diabolic toponyms both formal and informal occur in remarkable frequency across England. In this book, folklorist Jeremy Harte follows the trail of such names through the English landscape, surveying their associated folklore and the countless stories that have been told to explain their origins. In doing so, the author shows how these place names often touch on deeper themes, revealing local perceptions of the Devil and his role in the early modern English imagination and the social realities of the period. 


London: Reaktion Books, 2022. Paperback, 295 pages. New.

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