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Busk, Rachel (1831-1907)

Rachel Harriette Busk (1831-1907), a British folklorist, remains known for her 1874 book The Folk-Lore of Rome, one of the most significant contributions to urban folklore in the 19th century, and one of the few collections that paid serious attention to the circumstances of the ethnographic moment when stories and legends were told. Busk is the author of several books on the folklore of European countries, inspired by her travels; but unlike The Folk-Lore of Rome, they were only compilations of materials collected and published by others.

Keywords: Folklore | 19th century | Spain | United Kingdom | Italy | Austria | Mongolia | Folk traditions | Folk mythology | Catholicism | Folk tales | The Folklore Society | Giuseppe Pitrè