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What are the origins of the term Banbury Tales?I've run across the term in some novels...

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mystagain | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 28, 2008 at 5:32 AM via web

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What are the origins of the term Banbury Tales?

I've run across the term in some novels I read, it has something to do with a girl or woman telling wild or fantastical tales.  I think it might have something to do with gothic literature of the time, but I can't be sure; I haven't been able to find any origins on it at all.

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted December 28, 2008 at 6:35 AM (Answer #1)

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There are several references to Banbury in the connection to stories.  Banbury, England was a site for the publication of many fairy tales, like “Cinderella.”  “Banbury Cross and Other Nursery Rhymes" is probably the reference you are encountering in various novels.  The Dent Banbury Cross series of stories was very popular and has had many years of popularity.


“Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross,
To see a Fyne lady ride on a white horse.
With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
She shall have music wherever she goes.”

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