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May 7th, 2018

The Traditional Games of England, Scotland, and Ireland, Volume II by Alice Bertha Gomme

The second half. Again ranging from ones where she could get no more than a mention of the name to ones with songs, music, and the rules of the game. Very extensive.

Peasants Into Frenchmen

Peasants Into Frenchmen: The Modernization of Rural France, 1870-1914 by Eugen Weber

A discussion of peasant life in France -- from the patois they still spoke instead of French, through the economy, and the practice of local justice, to the festivities -- and the forces that changed it -- compulsory education, roads, ability to buy thing down to lime for the fields -- and the resulting changes.

Very extensive. Down to how the peasants did not give up their brightly colored wedding gowns until some time after it became custom to get the bride a white veil.

kings and problems

Got two villainous kings. I think. I suspect the fairy tales are incompatible enough that it has to be two.
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