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Griffiths, Bill 1948-2007

Works: 199 works in 492 publications in 3 languages and 4,124 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Sources  Poetry  Dictionaries  Personal narratives‡vBritish  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc  Terminology  Romances  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Compiler
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Most widely held works by Bill Griffiths
Fishing and folk : life and dialect on the North Sea coast by Bill Griffiths( )

7 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With enormous enthusiasm for the language of ordinary northerners, this scenic portrait of coastal peoples combines history, etymology, and recollections to record a folk culture that strives to survive against current worldwide trends of uniformity. The examination delves deep into the boat and fishing traditions that shape this small angler community, including smuggling, the scenery, and the surrounding wildlife. The increasing threat that globalization poses to these sea populations makes this an important preservation--as well as an excellent source of factual information and reference ma
Pitmatic : the talk of the North East coalfield by Bill Griffiths( )

7 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is more than just a collection of mining terms. It is an heartfelt attempt to bring together the words spoken by miners of the North East pits and how they relate to the wider language-world of the region and its literature of story and song
Northern Sinfonia : a magic of its own by Bill Griffiths( )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looking at the history of the North East orchestra--the Northern Sinfonia--from conception to the present day, this collection contains anecdotes about memorable players, concerts, events, and highlights
Aspects of Anglo-Saxon magic by Bill Griffiths( Book )

16 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Magic is something special, something unauthorised; an alternative perhaps; even a deliberate cultivation of dark, evil powers. But for the Anglo-Saxon age, the neat division between mainstream and occult, rational and superstitious, Christian and pagan is not always easy to discern. To maintain its authority (or its monopoly?), the Church drew a formal line and outlawed a range of dubious practices (like divination, spells, folk healing) while at the same time conducting very similar rituals itself, and may even have adapted legends of elves to serve in a Christian explanation of disease as a battle between good and evil, between Church and demons; in other cases powerful ancestors came to serve as saints." "It seems that there was a convergence of the two cultures, native and Christian, and this may affect the tendency to view pagan 'gods' as near omnipotent beings. Here it is argued that their origin was usually ancestral, their status rising to match the organisational needs of the Germanic migrants or to parallel the growing authority of the Church and its god. At a popular level did the familiar dead continue to be regarded as a source of benevolent power?" "In pursuit of a better understanding of Anglo-Saxon magic, a wide range of topics and texts are examined in this book, challenging (constructively, it is hoped) our stereotyped images of the past and its beliefs." "The texts are printed in their original language (e.g. Old English, Icelandic, Latin) with New English translations. Contents include: twenty charms; the Old English, Icelandic and Norwegian rune poems; texts on dreams, weather signs, unlucky days, the solar system; The Signs of the Fifteen Days before Doomsday and much more."--Jacket
Alfred's metres of Boethius by Alfred( Book )

16 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in English, Old and English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Battle of Maldon : text and translation( Book )

20 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in English and Multiple languages and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"1991 was the thousandth anniversary of the Battle of Maldon, fought between the men of Essex and the Vikings in AD 991. The action was captured in an Anglo-Saxon poem whose vividness and heroic spirit has fascinated readers and scholars for generations." "Here is the chance for students and general readers, not skilled in Old English, to find their way into the text. A literal translation is printed side-by-side with the Old English, to help you appreciate the word-craft of the original."--Jacket
An introduction to early English law by Bill Griffiths( Book )

14 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Much of Anglo-Saxon life followed a traditional pattern, of custom, and of dependence on kin-groups for land, support and security. The Viking incursions of the ninth century and the reconquest of the north that followed both disturbed this pattern and led to a new emphasis on centralized power and law, with royal and ecclesiastical officials prominent as arbitrators and settlers of disputes." "The diversity and development of early English law is sampled here by selecting several law-codes to be read in translation - that of Ethelbert of Kent, being the first to be issued in England, Alfred the Great's, the most clearly thought-out of all, and short codes from the reigns of Edmund and Ethelred the Unready."--BOOK JACKET
Anglo-Saxon runes by John Mitchell Kemble( Book )

15 editions published between 1990 and 2012 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blind to misfortune : a story of great courage in the face of adversity by Bill Griffiths( Book )

7 editions published between 1989 and 2007 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bill Griffiths lost both hands and both eyes when he was a prisoner of the Japanese in Java in 1942. But Bill had no intention of allowing himself to become an object of pity and it was not long after his return to civilian life that he began to make it clear that, even if he had no hands and no eyes, he still had his own two feet and he certainly intended to stand on them. Inevitably, life has not been without its ups and downs, and certainly Bill could not have got where was without the care and devotion of his wife Alice. Their story is one of remarkable courage, told with no trace of bitterness and a generous helping of laughter
Stotty 'n' spice cake : the story of North East cooking by Bill Griffiths( )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bringing together recipes, dialect, social history, and technology, this compilation is an intriguing insight into how North East kitchen skills, tools, and diet options have developed. From the griddle on an open fire and the beehive oven to the widely used, much loved, and polished kitchen range as well as the modern-day microwave oven, this is a journey through cooking history. Changing tastes--and supplies--of meat, fish, and grain and the traditions of oatcakes, broth, and bread are detailed with fond personal accounts from across the region with stories, poems, and humor throughout
A dictionary of north east dialect by Bill Griffiths( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As entertaining as it is informative, this dictionary offers records and explanations of a northern English dialect. The research presents information about words that go back as far as the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings as well as those present in today's vernacular. Ideal for anyone interested in English etymology, this reference is thorough and essential
A tract against the giants : poems and texts by Bill Griffiths( Book )

2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A user-friendly dictionary of old English by Bill Griffiths( Book )

12 editions published between 1989 and 2004 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected earlier poems (1966-80) by Bill Griffiths( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mud fort by Bill Griffiths( Book )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book draws together a major selection of poems from 1984-2004. It includes works on London, sport, boats, cartoons, food, the classics, the mystical, history, crime, and the North. This is a taut, rhythmic verse, with respect for word-sound and a cheering disregard for consensus on history, language, and 'poetry'
Durham & other sequences by Bill Griffiths( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

User-friendly dictionary of Old English and reader by Bill Griffiths( Book )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Future exiles : 3 London poets by Allen Fisher( Book )

4 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guđlac B( Book )

4 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A book of spilt cities by Bill Griffiths( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Northern Sinfonia : a magic of its own
Pitmatic : the talk of the North East coalfieldNorthern Sinfonia : a magic of its ownAspects of Anglo-Saxon magicAlfred's metres of BoethiusThe Battle of Maldon : text and translationAn introduction to early English lawAnglo-Saxon runesStotty 'n' spice cake : the story of North East cooking
Alternative Names
Bill Griffiths British poet and scholar

Griffiths, Brian Bransom 1948-2007