• The Old Dog And Duck

The Old Dog And Duck

The Old Dog And Duck

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  • Author
    Albert Jack
  • Publisher
    Penguin Uk
  • Publication date
    03 September 2009

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    The Old Dog And Duck

  • Author

    Albert Jack

  • Date Published

    03 September 2009

  • Publisher

    Penguin Uk

  • Pages

    304 pages

  • ISBN

    9780141929910

Book Description

This is a book for everyone who has ever wondered why pubs should be called The Cross Keys, The Dew Drop Inn or The Hope and Anchor. You'll be glad to know that there are very good - strange and memorable - reasons behind them all.

After much research about (and in) pubs, Albert Jack brings together the stories behind pub names to reveal how they offer fascinating and subversive insights on our history, customs, attitudes and jokes in just the same way that nursery rhymes do. The Royal Oak, for instance, commemorates the tree that hid Charles II from Cromwell's forces after his defeat at Worcester; The Bag of Nails is a corruption of the Bacchanals, the crazed followers of Bacchus, the god of wine and drunkenness; The Cat and the Fiddle a mangling of Catherine La Fidele and a guarded gesture of support for Henry VIII's first, Catholic, wife Catherine of Aragon; plus many, many more.

Here too are even more facts about everything from ghosts to drinking songs to the rules of cribbage and shove hapenny, showing that, ultimately, the story of pub history is really the story of our own popular history

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