Author: Sian Evans
Publisher: National Trust
ISBN: 1905400373
Category: History
Page: 144
View: 7689
National Trust houses are bursting with ghost stories. The spirits of former owners, staff, even pets haunt their former homes and walk hand-in-hand with those living there today. Simply walking into an historic house can be enough to make you shudder, such is the intensity of the sense of the past. The figure of Elizabeth, Duchess of Lauderdale wanders solemnly through Ham House in Surrey, sometimes haunting the Chapel, sometimes accompanied by the ghost of her beloved spaniel, while Anne Boleyn is reputed to drive up to Blicking Hall in Norfolk in a coach driven by a headless horseman, and carrying her own head in her lap. At Hinton Ampner in Hampshire the Ricketts family who lived there in the mid-eighteenth century spoke of 'something curious, something inexplicable about the house', with the whole staff's sleep interrupted by a cacophony of chilling shrieks, groans, muffled conversations, running footsteps and banging doors. At Lyveden New Bield in Northamptonshire, an isolated ghostly shell of an unfinished building, local people and National Trust staff have both glimpsed a long-faced, bearded gentleman at one of the upper bay windows, yet the building has no floors, so how could he be suspended at that height? The ruins of Corfe Castle in Dorset, Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland and Rievaulx Terrace and Temples in Yorkshire are similarly alive with ghoulish tales. This is a very special ghost book. Sian Evans has interviewed the people who work and live in the buildings today and gathered together information on sightings of ghosts that only they could provide, while her research into past ghost stories brings alive the characters of previous owners. Tracing the origins of the myths and legends that have grown up around mysterious old places, and comparing them with the very contemporary accounts of those people who actually spend their waking - and sometimes sleeping - hours there yields some surprising results. Most people love a ghost story, even if they claim not to believe in the supernatural. But for many staff, volunteers and tenants of the National Trust, the job is sometimes a matter of balancing the normal with the paranormal.

Contested Cultural Heritage

Religion, Nationalism, Erasure, and Exclusion in a Global World
Author: Helaine Silverman
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781441973054
Category: Social Science
Page: 286
View: 7183
Cultural heritage is material – tangible and intangible – that signifies a culture’s history or legacy. It has become a venue for contestation, ranging in scale from protesting to violently claimed and destroyed. But who defines what is to be preserved and what is to be erased? As cultural heritage becomes increasingly significant across the world, the number of issues for critical analysis and, hopefully, mediation, arise. The issue stems from various groups: religious, ethnic, national, political, and others come together to claim, appropriate, use, exclude, or erase markers and manifestations of their own and others’ cultural heritage as a means for asserting, defending, or denying critical claims to power, land, and legitimacy. Can cultural heritage be well managed and promoted while at the same time kept within parameters so as to diminish contestation? The cases herein rage from Greece, Spain, Egypt, the UK, Syria, Zimbabwe, Italy, the Balkans, Bénin, and Central America.

Gothic Tourism

Author: Emma McEvoy
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137391294
Category: Social Science
Page: 251
View: 2611
From Strawberry Hill to The Dungeons, Alnwick Castle to Barnageddon, Gothic tourism is a fascinating, and sometimes controversial, area. This lively study considers Gothic tourism's aesthetics and origins, as well as its relationship with literature, film, folklore, heritage management, arts programming and the 'edutainment' business.

Treasures from the National Trust

Author: National Trust (Great Britain)
Publisher: Anova Books
ISBN: 9781905400454
Category: Art
Page: 376
View: 7220
The National Trust owns and cares for the most important, varied and valuable collection of antiques in Britain. From Rubens paintings to Paul McCartney's bedroom paraphenalia, its enormous range is unequalled and many of these antiques are still housed in the properties for which they were designed or bought. 'Treasures of the National Trust' is the only book to detail this collection in an accessible and enlightening way. Divided into themed chapters such as Paintings, Sculpture, Tapestry and Needlework, French and English Furniture, European Pottery and Porcelain - 'Treasures' is suitable for those with little knowledge of art history and antiques as well as those more versed in the subjects. Special features illuminate the work of key painters, designers and craftsmen; historical timelines give a quick visual context for the artworks, and cross-referencing ensures that readers can see what else is held at that Trust property. The 'treasures' range from single pieces, such as Rubens' The Garden of Love at Waddesdon and St Michael Overcoming Satan by Flaxman at Ickworth, to collections of multiple pieces, such as the miniatures at Ham House and Petworth's 16th-century maiolica plates and teapots. Some have been chosen for their rare beauty and artistry, others for their value or history, but each will be illuminated for the reader. With sumptuous photography and authoritative text (written in conjunction with the Trust's renowned curators), 'Treasures of the National Trust' will prove an essential reference title on the best of British heritage.

Ghosts Caught On Film

Author: Melvyn Willin
Publisher: David & Charles
ISBN: 9780715327289
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 160
View: 7370
Accompanied by explanatory text, a collection of photographs from the archives of the Society for Psychical Research offers images of paranormal happenings and includes all of the most famous, and most arguable, ghost photographs.

Ghostly Northumberland

Author: Rob Kirkup
Publisher: Sutton
ISBN: 9780750950435
Category: Folklore
Page: 128
View: 5870
Ghostly Northumberland

Haunted Montana

A Ghost Hunter's Guide to Haunted Places You Can Visit
Author: Karen Stevens
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781931832878
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 255
View: 7996

The Interpretation of Cultures

Author: Clifford Geertz
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0465093566
Category: Social Science
Page: 576
View: 7955
In The Interpretation of Cultures, the most original anthropologist of his generation moved far beyond the traditional confines of his discipline to develop an important new concept of culture. This groundbreaking book, winner of the 1974 Sorokin Award of the American Sociological Association, helped define for an entire generation of anthropologists what their field is ultimately about.

The Hidden Bones

Author: Nicola Ford
Publisher: Allison & Busby Ltd
ISBN: 0749023724
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
View: 3415
The dead rarely leave matters tidy, widow Clare Hills knows that all too well. In search of a new start, Clare reconnects with university friend Dr David Barbrook and is pleased when he asks for her help sifting through the effects of recently deceased archaeologist Gerald Hart. Together they stumble the lost finds from Gerald’s most glittering dig. Hidden from view for decades, and supposedly destroyed in an arson attack, the discovery of the Hungerbourne Barrows archive is every archaeologist’s dream. However, the dream soon turns to a nightmare which puts Clare at the centre of a murder inquiry.

Ghost Hawk

Author: Susan Cooper
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1442481412
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 328
View: 2265
At the end of a winter-long journey into manhood, Little Hawk returns to find his village decimated by a white man's plague and soon, despite a fresh start, Little Hawk dies violently but his spirit remains trapped, seeing how his world changes.

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Author: Joan Aiken
Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0553522205
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 192
View: 9882
Wicked wolves and a grim governess threaten Bonnie and her cousin Sylvia when Bonnie's parents leave Willoughby Chase for a sea voyage. Left in the care of the cruel Miss Slighcarp, the girls can hardly believe what is happening to their once happy home. The servants are dismissed, the furniture is sold, and Bonnie and Sylvia are sent to a prison-like orphan school. It seems as if the endless hours of drudgery will never cease. With the help of Simon the gooseboy and his flock, they escape. But how will they ever get Willoughby Chase free from the clutches of the evil Miss Slighcarp?

Eight Ghosts

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781910463864
Page: 224
View: 8324
Rooted in place, slipping between worlds a rich collection of unnerving ghosts and sinister histories. Eight authors were given after hours freedom at their chosen English heritage site. Immersed in the history, atmosphere and rumours of hauntings, they channelled their darker imaginings into a series of extraordinary new ghost stories.

Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits

Author: Laila Lalami
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780156030878
Category: Fiction
Page: 188
View: 6244
Set in modern-day Morocco, the story of four vastly different Moroccans who illegally cross the Strait of Gibraltar in an inflatable boat headed for Spain chronicles the circumstances that drive them to risk their lives and the rewards that may or may not prove to be worth the danger. Reprint.

Tam O'Shanter

Author: Robert Burns
Publisher: N.A
Page: 12
View: 7361

Illuminations from the Past

Trauma, Memory, and History in Modern China
Author: Ban Wang
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804750998
Category: History
Page: 311
View: 4763
This book offers a cultural history of modern China by looking at the tension between memory and history. Mainstream books on China tend to focus on the hard aspects of economics, government, politics, or international relations. This book takes a humanistic look at modern changes and examines how Chinese intellectuals and artists experienced trauma, social upheavals, and transformations. Drawing on a wide array of sources in political and aesthetic writings, literature, film, and public discourse, the author has portrayed the unique ways the Chinese imagine and portray their own historical destiny in the midst of trauma, catastrophe, and runaway globalization.

Ghosts of Shanghai

Author: Julian Sedgwick
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1444923919
Category: Fiction
Page: 360
View: 6251
A powerful teen thriller with echoes of J G Ballard's Empire of the Sun and Miracles of Life ... Obsessed with martial arts and ghost stories, Ruby is part of a gang of Chinese and ex-pat children who hide out in ruined White Cloud Temple. But the world of Shanghai in the late 1920s is driven with danger: disease, crime, espionage and revolution are sweeping the streets. And since the death of her younger brother Thomas, Ruby is stalked by another anxiety and fear. Faced with a series of local hauntings, and armed with a lucky bookshop find - The Almanac of Distant Realms - Ruby forms the Shanghai Ghost Club to hunt down restless spirits. When best friend Faye is kidnapped by the Green Hand, Ruby must trust a mysterious stranger - and face her worst fears - in order to save her friends, and her own life. And in the ensuing fight she will catch a glimpse of the one spirit she has longed to see ... The secrets that Ruby's father and friends have kept from her are coming back to haunt them all.

The Spectre of Alexander Wolf

Author: Gaito Gazdanov
Publisher: Pushkin Press
ISBN: 1782270361
Category: Fiction
Page: 192
View: 870
Of all my memories, of all my life's innumerable sensations, the most onerous was that of the single murder I had committed.' A man comes across a short story which recounts in minute detail his killing of a soldier, long ago - from the victim's point of view. It's a story that should not exist, and whose author can only be a dead man. So begins the strange quest for the elusive writer 'Alexander Wolf'. A singular classic, The Spectre of Alexander Wolf is a psychological thriller and existential inquiry into guilt and redemption, coincidence and fate, love and death.

Haunted Naperville

Author: Diane A. Ladley
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738561226
Category: History
Page: 157
View: 4545
Established in 1831, Naperville is one of the oldest settlements in the Greater Chicago area. The city's rich and fascinating heritage has been carefully passed down from one proud generation to the next; however, nowhere has Naperville's ghostly oral tradition and haunted history been preserved until now. Most of Naperville's unique legends--compiled for the fi rst time ever in these pages--arose from accounts of actual historic events and from the lives of notable personages in the city's long history. As the tragic events and persons faded from living memory, all that might remain of them would be ghost stories whispered by fi relight and, later, by fl ashlight tucked under a teenager's chin at slumber parties. Some eerie legends in these pages have origins that are lost in time, and still other hair-raising ghost stories included in this work are chilling contemporary, firsthand accounts of paranormal encounters within Naperville's sprawling boundaries . . . perhaps from even just down the street.

Legends of the Fire Spirits

Jinn and Genies from Arabia to Zanzibar
Author: Robert Lebling
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 0857730630
Category: Religion
Page: 272
View: 9748
‘An energy, a pulse form of quantum physics perhaps, alive at the margins of sleep or madness, and more often in the whispering of a single unwelcome thought.’ The Economist According to Islamic tradition, Allah created three types of beings: angels, made of light; humans, made of earth; and jinn, made of smokeless fire. Supernatural, shape-shifting, intelligent and blessed with free will and remarkable powers, jinn have over the ages been given many names - demon, spirit, ghoul, genie, ifrit and shaitan. Neither human nor immortal, they roam the earth inhabiting dark and empty places, luring humans to their deaths or demonically possessing them if harmed or offended. Despite the fact they cannot be seen, jinn are said to be strangely human-like - marrying, bearing children, forming communities and tribes, eating, sleeping, playing and facing judgement like any other human. They are ever-present partners in the human experience, causing endless mischief, providing amazing services and sometimes inducing sheer terror. Believed in by hundreds of millions of people throughout the world and from all faiths, jinn have played a particularly central role in the literature, culture and belief systems of the Middle East and the Islamic world. Legends of the Fire Spirits explores through time and across nations the enduring phenomenon of the jinn. From North Africa to Central Asia, from the Mediterranean to sub-Saharan Africa and beyond, this riveting, often chilling, yet reasoned book draws on long-forgotten ancient testimonies, medieval histories, colonial records, anthropologist’s reports and traveller’s tales to explore the different types of jinn, their behaviour, society, culture and long history of contact with humankind. It documents their links with famous figures in history such as King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba and illustrates the varied and vivid portrayals of jinn in world literature. In essence Legends of the Fire Spirits demonstrates the colourful diversity of human culture and the durability of faith and is a magnificent and indispensable portrayal of the rich folklore of the Islamic world.

Haunted Peak District

Author: Jill Armitage
Publisher: The History Press
ISBN: 075095261X
Category: History
Page: 128
View: 4889
The Peak District of Derbyshire is said to experience more bizarre happenings and unexplainable encounters than any other part of England. This chilling collection of true-life tales details many terrifying accounts of spectres and apparitions which have been documented over the years. Ranging from private residences and graveyards to public houses, tourist attractions, theatres and museums, this book includes many pulse-raising narratives that are guaranteed to make your blood run cold. Containing over sixty illustrations, Haunted Peak District will appeal to everyone with an interest in the supernatural history of this part of Derbyshire.