The Longest Day: Traditions for the Summer Solstice

Take a moment to savor the summer delights and craft some new traditions while learning the legends of summer.

Ancient Stargazers

Great Tales from English History: The Truth about King Arthur, Lady Godiva, Richard the Lionheart and more

By Robert Lacey

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"From ancient times to the present day, the story of England has been laced with drama, intrigue, courage, and passion-a rich and vibrant narrative of heroes and villains, kings and rebels, artists and highwaymen, bishops and scientists. Now, in Great Tales from English History, Robert Lacey captures some of the most pivotal moments: the stories and extraordinary characters that helped shape a nation. This first volume begins in 7150 BC with the intriguing life and death of Cheddar Man and ends in 1381 with Wat Tyler and the Peasants' Revolt. We meet the Greek navigator Pytheas, whose description of the woad-painted Celts yielded pretannik ('the land of the painted people'), which became the Latin word Britannia. We learn what the storytellers really meant when they described Lady Godiva's 'nakedness.'And we discover the truth behind the tales of King Arthur and the infamous Hobbehod, later to be known as 'Robin Hood.'"

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Celtic Art: Symbols & Imagery

By Miranda Green

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An archaeologist and Celtic art expert decodes the rich world of Celtic symbols and artistry.

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The Halloween Tree

By Ray Bradbury

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Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud teaches a group of boys the history of Halloween while they desperately search for their missing friend on a Halloween filled with magic and suspense.

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By Guy Gavriel Kay

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When Ned travels to Provence, France he finds himself embroiled in a love triangle that spans the centuries at great personal expense. 

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Rosemary Sutcliff: “One of the Minstrelsy”

“And then suddenly the wolf was there. With a crashing of twigs and small branches it sprang into the open, then, seeing the hunters all about it, checked almost in mid spring, swinging its head from side to side, with laid-back ears and wrinkled muzzle: a great, brindled dog wolf, menace in every raised hackle.”
(From Warrior Scarlet)

Rosemary Sutcliff’s splendid stories take place in Britain’s distant past. Shining Roman spears. Cloth woven red for warrior valor. A broken bit of barley cake on a hearth whose ashes grow cold. The last signal fire against the darkness of a massing enemy.