New book: Arcadia Britannica – a modern British folklore portrait

Arcadia Britannica

A wonderful looking new release from Thames & Hudson, one of my favorite publishers.  Henry Bourne has a great track record as a potrait photographer. In Arcadia Britannica he depicts the colorful characters from British folklore as they are portrayed by people from all over the island. Green men, horn dancers and other creatures abound! There’s a forword by Robin Muir, after which Simon Costin (founder and director at the Museum of British Folklore and director at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic) introduces us in the world of modern British folklore. A nice touch is the calendar of folkloric events in the back.

You can peak inside the book and order it on Amazon.

New this month (May 2015)

This is a monthly blog post to keep up with all the new information, images, sources, etc. posted on this website – handy for those who have better things to do than check Thimsternisse every day 😉

– Added two new sections in the Well of Knowledge: Death Culture and Elves and Fairies

– Added the Magical Images header, which as of now contains a section for art about Witches and Witchcraft from 1900-2000.

'The Little Witch' illustration from Elves and Fairies by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. 1916.

‘The Little Witch’ illustration from Elves and Fairies by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. 1916.