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Myths and Legends of the British Isles - Richard Barber

Myths and Legends of the British Isles

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The British Isles have a long tradition of tales of gods, heroes and marvels, hinting at a mythology once as relevant to the races which settled the islands as the Greek and Roman gods were to the classical world. The tales drawn together in this book, from a wide range of medieval sources, span the centuries from the dawn of Christianity to the age of the Plantagenets. The Norse gods which peopled the Anglo-Saxon past survive in Beowulf/; Cuchulainn, Taliesin and the magician Merlin take shape from Celtic mythology; and saints include Helena who brought a piece of the True Cross to Britain, and Joseph of Arimathea whose staff grew into the Glastonbury thorn. Tales of the British Arthur are followed by legends of later heroes, including Harold, Hereward and Godiva. These figures and many others were part of a familiar national mythology on which Shakespeare drew for Lear, Macbeth and Hamlet, creating the famous versions that are known today. Here the original stories are presented. RICHARD BARBER's other books include The Holy Grail, King Arthur: Hero and Legend, Arthurian Legends: An Anthology and The Knight and Chivalry.

Outstanding value, with its authoritative translations of Celtic, Anglo-Saxon and medieval key texts. PENDRAGON

Introductionp. ix
Prologue: The Roman Stories of the Outer Islesp. xix
The Origins
The Giants of the Island of Albionp. 3
The Origins of the Scottish Nationp. 9
The Book of the Takings of Irelandp. 12
The Descent of the Anglo-Saxon Kings from Wodenp. 19
The Early History of Britain
Brutus Conquers Britainp. 23
King Learp. 36
Lludd and Llefelysp. 40
The Dream of Maxen Wledigp. 44
Hengist and Horsap. 51
The Story of Hamletp. 65
Marvels and Magic
On the Marvels of Britainp. 85
Culhwch and Olwenp. 89
The Life of Merlinp. 117
Taliesinp. 146
The Wild Huntp. 153
Heroes and Saints
Arthurp. 159
Beowulfp. 184
The Deeds of Cuchulainp. 258
The Four Branches of the Mabinogip. 310
Pwyll, Prince of Dyfedp. 311
Branwen, the Daughter of Llyrp. 326
Manawyddan, the Son of Llyrp. 337
Math, the Son of Mathonwyp. 347
The Voyage of St Brendanp. 361
The Life of Saint Cadogp. 372
St Joseph of Arimathea and Glastonburyp. 380
St Georgep. 386
Helena and the True Crossp. 391
History and Romance
The Life of King Haroldp. 401
Hereward the Wakep. 415
Richard Coeur de Lionp. 433
King Hornp. 441
Havelok the Danep. 453
Guy of Warwickp. 467
Bevis of Hamptonp. 483
Robin Hoodp. 504
Macbethp. 556
Lady Godivap. 564
Epigraphp. 565
Index of Personsp. 566
Index of Placesp. 571
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ISBN: 9781843830399
ISBN-10: 1843830396
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 604
Published: 5th July 2004
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 4.45
Weight (kg): 0.89
Edition Type: New edition