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The Mabinogion : World's Classics - Oxford Editor

The Mabinogion

World's Classics

Paperback Published: 11th May 2008
ISBN: 9780199218783
Number Of Pages: 336

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Celtic mythology, Arthurian romance, Welsh history--these are just some of the threads woven into the eleven magical tales that make up The Mabinogion. Here are stories full of colorful characters, such as Gwydion the shape-shifter and Math the magician. Dragons, witches, and giants live alongside kings and heroes, and quests of honor, revenge, and love are set against the backdrop of a country struggling to retain its independence. This magnificent new translation, the first in thirty years, recreates this fantastical blend of myth, folklore, legend, and history. Davies' introduction places the tales within their oral storytelling context and illuminates their central themes and the key role that public performance played in their evolution. Invaluable explanatory notes shed light on aspects of medieval Welsh society and highlight the relationship between the tales, cross-referencing them in a way that has never been done before. The book also includes glossaries of personal names and place-names, a map showing the locations mentioned in the tales, and a guide to pronunciation.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Industry Reviews

`'It is plain that Professor Davies's translation...is not only properly attentive to the Welsh texts but makes for more comfortable reading than the earlier versions...Sioned Davies has done [the Mabinogion] and her modern readers proud.'' Kevin Crossley-Holland, The Times, 24/02/2007 `'Enchantment glows on every page'' Independent on Sunday, 04.03.2007 `'This fresh, energetic translation is a revelation and, for the first time, shows off The Mabinogion tales as what they were originally: splendid entertainment.'' Gwyneth Lewis, Guardian, 26/05/2007

Introduction Translator's Note Guide to Pronunciation Select Bibliography map of Wales at the time of theMabinogion The First Branch of the Mabinogion The Second Branch of the Mabinogion The Third Branch of the Mabinogion The First Branch of the Mabinogion Peredur son of Efrog The Dream of the Emperor Maxen Lludd and Llefelys The Lady of the Well Geraint son of Erbin How Culhwch won Olwen Rhonabwy's Dream Explanatory Notes Glossary of Personal Names Glossary of Place-Names

ISBN: 9780199218783
ISBN-10: 0199218781
Series: World's Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 11th May 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 20.96  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.22

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