This book brings together the poetry of five languages - Latin, Welsh, Gaelic, Old English and Norse - in an accessible, scholarly anthology of translations, to form a spectacular window on Scotland's past. Ranging from war to religion, and nature to love, the quality and power of these poems display the riches of a vanished world.
Alongside famous works such as The Gododdin (here in its most faithful translation yet) and The Dream of the Rood, are poems by and for St Columba, the homesick verse of Gaelic poets on crusade, the court skalds of The Orkney earls, poems in praise of strong drinkers, harps, books and islands, and much else besides.
Many of these poems have never before appeared in translation - for the first time, the first 800 years of Scotland's literature are here brought together in one volume.
Y Gododdin (A and B texts); complete poems of Taliesin; poetry of Columba; The dream of the Rood; Miracles of Bishop Nynia; Poetry on the Fall of Rheged; poetry on the Battle of Clontarf; poetry on King Eyestein and Magnus Barelegs's expedition to Scotland; Hymn to St Magnus; Song on the death of Somerled; The Wedding song of Margaret of Scotland; Eirik of Norway.