The Making of the Early Modern British Fairy Tradition

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This essay examines the development of representations of elves and fairies in British culture between the twelfth and seventeenth centuries. It argues that a very clear change in those representations can be found in literary sources, from an inchoate range found in different types of text to a coherent sense of a fairy kingdom, leading in turn to an intense interest in and discussion of the nature of fairies. These literary developments were, moreover, paralleled at each stage, and perhaps responsible for , changes in perception in culture at large.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1157-75
Number of pages18
JournalThe Historical Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014

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  • Fairies
  • Witches
  • Folklore.

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