Saturday, 27 March 2010

The Black Beast of Bungay

OK, not strictly Australian, but one of its authors is!

Historian and anthropologist Dr David Waldron of Ballarat, Victoria, has co-authored this fascinating book with UK historian Christopher Reeve.

The Black Beast of Bungay and its infamous attack on the church of St. Marys in 1577, has inspired and fascinated residents and visitors to the town for centuries along with tales of Black Shuck the Ghostly Dog of Norfolk.

To this day, sightings of the Black Dog are common through the region and form an integral part of local folklore and myth. At the same time, the history of the legend itself tells its own tale of the town of Bungay and how the community has responded to crisis through local folklore and myth.

The book traces the rise of this story from its origins in the trauma of the English Reformation to the contemporary era where it has become a central part of Bungay’s communal and civic identity and a colourful and intriguing aspect of local folklore.

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