Thor Ewing
Thor Ewing

Writer & Historian




St George for England: songs & plays for St George’s Day

For 800 years, St George’s Day, April 23rd, has been celebrated as an English national holiday. This book brings together new adaptations of traditional songs and plays in honour of England’s patron saint, retelling the legend of how St George was born near Coventry, fought and killed the dragon, and then married the King of Egypt’s daughter before returning home to England with his bride.
Includes music for the songs and black-and-white illustrations reproduced from early woodcuts.

A Hundred Merry Tales: The Shakespeare Jest Book

First published by John Rastell in 1524-5, the earliest English jest book was an acknowledged classic of Tudor literature, and was even name-checked by Shakespeare. This new edition is the first ever to draw on all surviving early copies, and to include the complete selection of 103 tales.

Viking Myths: Stories of the Norse Gods and Goddesses

From its first beginnings in a world of primordial ice floes, the story of the Viking gods is one of continual struggle against etins and monsters, but it is a tale of humour and triumph as well as of grit and tragedy. The Norse myths are justly famous for a host of vivid characters including the wise and enigmatic Odin, the bluff strongman Thor, and the incorrigible trickster Loki.

In the first major retelling for a generation, storyteller and historian Thor Ewing rediscovers the brisk vitality with which these ancient myths were told in the earliest sources.

With 45 stunning b&w illustrations inspired by Viking art.
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The Wisdom of the Celts presents new translations from medieval Welsh and Irish manuscripts on the theme of wisdom. On each page, a single verse is beautifully presented, with an illuminated initial.

This collection brings together ancient texts for the first time, in a unique combination of timeless wisdom and sublime poetry inspired by the natural world. Texts are chosen from proverbial lists of Threes (or ‘Triads’) found in Irish manuscripts, and from the poems of The Red Book of Hergest (the Mabinogion manuscript). Translations include thirty Irish Threes and three longer Welsh sequences, Bagla6c bydin (translated as ‘Close-set’), Gna6t (translated as ‘Usual’) and Eiry mynyd (translated as ‘Snow on the fells’). An Afterword looks at the nature of Celtic poetry and art, and tackles the vexed question of the Celts in British and Irish history.
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The Vikings had a surprising reputation for neatness, and their fashions were copied far beyond the realms of Scandinavia. Those who could displayed a love of fine clothes made from silks, from lightweight worsteds in subtly woven twills, and from the finest of linens. They wore short hair, and their beards were carefully trimmed.

This accessible new book is the first to tackle the question of what the Vikings wore, drawing on evidence from art and archaeology, literature and linguistics to arrive at a fresh understanding of the nature of Viking clothing, covering rich and poor, men and women across Scandinavia.

Auld Sangs for Bairns & Wee Weans

A unique treasure trove of traditional Scottish nursery rhymes, containing more than 100 rhymes along with their music.
All songs are presented in regularized modern Scots spelling, with a comprehensive Glossary as well as Notes and Introduction.

The book includes 84 vintage black-&-white illustrations.