The Origins of British Fairies with Francis Young

When most of us close our eyes and think of Fairies, more often than not the winged fairies of 19th century Britain is what will come to mind. Over the last 160 years, some historians and folklorists have attempted to figure out just how the British conception of the fairy came to be. For the most part and in the minds of many, it seems like fairies were some sort of Pagan Celtic survival of Christianization. However, this might not be the case at all. Taking us through the Origins of Fairies in Britain, is Author and Historian Dr. Francis Young.

Dr. Francis Young holds a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge and is the author of over 15 books, including Magic in Merlin’s Realm as well as The Cambridge Book of Magic. He routinely broadcasts for BBC Radio on history, religion and folklore. Francis is fairly active on Twitter and he is a must follow there. For all that Dr. Young gets up to, click the pic below!

Twilight of the Godlings: The Shadowy Beginnings of Britain’s Supernatural Beings looks to be an exceptional and unique look into the origins of certain particular beliefs regarding small gods and the like. If Fairies, History and Folklore are your bread and butter, you must grab a copy of this book!

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