Free Cornish eBooks
For those of you who have never read a book in the Cornish language, you can learn a little about this ancient language by visiting Wikipedia's page on the Cornish language. In addition to this, you may also want to read William Bottrell's classic history of Cornish emigration. Here are some of my personal recommendations:
You can now download free eBooks from the Cornwall Libraries with a BorrowBox account. You can download up to five titles and read them offline, without having to visit the library. As a bonus, if you download any title before 31 August 2014, you will receive a free ipad mini! Just remember to get your Borrowbox account first! Once you've signed up for a BorrowBox account, you'll have access to thousands of books and ebooks!
If you're looking for more adult fiction, you can choose from the wide selection of Lee Child books in Cornwall. His latest novel, The Midnight Line, was issued over 1175 times in the last year. The Midnight Line is available in paperback, large print, ebook and eAudio. In addition to eBooks, you can download talking books on CD. BorrowBox also offers a free digital membership to the Cornwall Libraries. You can sign up here. You'll be prompted to enter your Adobe ID. If you don't have an Adobe ID, you can create one through the Adobe login website.
Having an account is free and you can access many eBooks on a device with a web browser or eAudio. You can even borrow audiobooks! BorrowBox makes it easy to read eBooks and eAudiobooks through your local library. To download eBooks from Borrowbox, all you need is a library account and Adobe Digital Editions software. This free software allows you to read and borrow eBooks in a secure way, without worrying about losing them in the process. It even helps if you've got a Kobo eReader.
Traditions and Hearth Stories of West Cornwall
If you're looking for an interesting read on the history of West Cornwall County, you can't go wrong with the Traditions and Hearth Stories of the West Country eBook. Written by William Bottrell, this book tells the stories behind the Celtic Monuments of Rosemodrass and Boleigh. It also includes tales of giants, witches, fairies, and the spriggan. This ebook is a must-have for folklore enthusiasts.
Cornish mythology describes a number of rituals and stories that were once practiced by Cornish folk. Among these was the practice of worshipping the Piskie, a giant who ruled the area. Cornish folk used this 'astral' part of the Piskie's milk to keep spirits from wandering. The 'H ook W and' is a stick of usefulness in Cornish Craft. It has a side branch and a point shaped into the lower end of its main shaft.
Cornish people observed dual religions and attempted to accommodate their ancestral spirit-world. Some Cornish believed the Otherworld was the home of the dead. Those who died became Piskies. However, it is difficult to discern which beliefs were true. Nevertheless, Cornish folklore is rich in stories about death and its traditions. Traditions and hearth stories have helped to preserve this ancient folklore.
In addition to the hearth stories, Cornish folk magic also refers to the 'D evil' of 'Dark'. This is not the same as the Satan of 'Churchianity', but rather an ancient chthonic folk-god that oversaw the land, weather, and death mysteries. Similarly, the book also features writings, charms, and other magical artifacts.
Churchyards are considered places of witchcraft. These ancient places have long been haunted by those who are magically inclined. Some even believe that witches can visit these sacred grounds under cover of darkness. Witches can't get into the churchyard without making a secret journey to the graveyard at midnight. A few stories about witches in Cornwall are also contained in this eBook.
William Bottrell's classic history of Cornish emigration
William Bottrell's classic history of Cornwall's emigration includes a story of a man who was able to spot the difference between a true Cornishman and a fake one. The re-turned Cornishman was so charming that the non-Cornish crew ignored him while the Cornish replied in both languages. The emigrants had mixed language skills and often spoke English and Cornish to their fellow Cornishmen. The tales in Bottrell's book reflect this, although some of the details are a little unbelievable.
The emigrants, who were mostly from east Cornwall, had connections with Plymouth. As time went on, the chances of Cornish speakers retaining their native language were vanishing. The book also features a story of a modern stone circle in Pennsylvania. The author Roy details the location of this stone circle and the history behind it. While William Bottrell's classic history of Cornish emigration is fascinating, it is essential that one learn about the culture of the people who emigrated from Cornwall.
Despite the many revisions made in William Bottrell's original book, this acclaimed history of the Cornish language still remains one of the most authoritative and influential works on the subject. Since the first edition was published more than a century ago, this book has become a collector's item, but the revised edition is the most important version. And it's worth reading.
The authors were raised on a farm in Raftra, where the young Bottrell heard the first stories of his grandparents. Bottrell's grandmother shared the story of her mother's death and being sent to live with her aunt and uncle in Alverton. During his childhood, Bottrell became friends with Edward Pellew and was able to tell the story in volume three of his Folktales.
In 1837, Cornwall went through a social and economic change that affected the whole of Europe. As the world became industrialized, Cornwall became the first region in Europe to export tin and copper, and engineers and miners made their fortunes in the mining industry. However, the boom and bust cycles brought with them a number of problems. Emigration became a major problem, and mortality rates were high. In addition, the community lost its language, which led to a crisis of identity against the Tamar.
The emigrants' story is also an interesting one. Some of these immigrants emigrated to the Americas, as well as to Canada and the United Kingdom. However, many of them settled in the British Isles and eventually became part of the English speaking world. Their stories of life and death re-introduced Cornish history and culture into the mainstream of our world.