The Legends of Windsor Forest

by David Nash Ford

ISBN 978-1-905191-05-5
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For both visitors and residents in East Berkshire, this is a book full of fascinating folklore from the area once covered by the Royal Forest of Windsor. The Forest had its own unique laws and ways of life, as well as hidden dangers: bandits, murderers, witches, magical beasts and demons. Enjoy these traditional tales from the boroughs of Windsor & Maidenhead, Bracknell Forest and the eastern edge of Wokingham, newly presented here by David Nash Ford of Some of these stories were first published in an identically named but much smaller booklet sold at David's talks on the subject, but they have all been considerably expanded and are joined by many new tales forgotten by many folklorists, including those from places which only joined Berkshire in the late 20th century. The book is divided into sections so that you can choose whether to read it all together, or just pick the subject you want to know about. It is A5, contains 108 pages, is illustrated by 43 black and white images, has a full index and covers the following traditional stories:

Forest Heroes
Herne the Hunter
The Building of Shottesbrooke Church
The Singing Vicar of Bray
The Stab Monk

Mythical Beasts
The Sidehill Winders
The Windsor Unicorn
Half a Horse

Forest Outlaws and Robbers
The Sweeney Todd of Colnbrook
Fulk FitzWarin the Outlaw
Adam Gurdon
The Golden Farmer in Easthampstead
Turpin's Hideouts in Bracknell and Maidenhead
Claude Duval at Swinley
Hunted Highwayman at Burchett's Green
The Wokingham Blacks of Windsor Forest
The Hind's Head Murders in Bracknell

Of Kings and Peasants
St Oswald's Marriage
Miracle at Old Windsor
Edward III and the Poacher
James I and the Tinker
James I and the Vicar of Bray
James II and Squire Cherry

Booty and Buried Treasure
The Treasury of Hurley Priory
Living the Dream on Hawthorn Hill
The Bells of Ouzeley

Demons and Devils
The Baron of Winkfield
The Demons of Bray

Love and Loyalty
The Montacute Nun and Her Lover
Edward III and the Order of the Garter
The Lovesick Black Prince
Two Royal Brothers and their Prospective Wives
The Lovers' Tryst
The Witch's Revenge
Molly Tape and Dick Darvall
Dorcas Noble rides Again

King Arthur's Knights
The Head of a Virgin
The Round Table at Windsor
Sir Lancelot at Clewer

Wicked Ladies and Gentlemen
The Evil Queen of Mercia
Queen Emma's Ordeal by Fire
May God strike Me Down
Wicked Lady Hoby
The Beggar's Curse
The Witch of Winkfield

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