The Battle for Mythic Britain : The Conversion of the Ancient Gods of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
The authors explore the sources of Britain's variegated folkloric tradition to discover how this body of seemingly unrelated tales developed. They uncover a virtual battlefield of myths in which Pagan and Judeo-Christian beliefs fought for dominance and classical, Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, and Celtic narrative threads became tangled together. The resulting body of legends became a strange but coherent hybrid, which featured Christian heroes who exhibited distinctively Pagan behaviour. These myths continue to interest a broad range of readers - alternative spiritual groups embrace the Pagan traditions and folklore of the British Isles, while the Arthurian legends inspire countless fictions.
- Hardback | 256 pages
- 162.1 x 241.8 x 24.4mm | 526.18g
- 18 Oct 2001
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
About David Adams Leeming
Christopher Fee is Assistant Professor of English at Gettysburg College and author of Torture and Text in Anglo-Saxon England. David A. Leeming is Emeritus Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. His books include Myths, Legends and Folktales (OUP, 1999), Mythology (OUP, 1998), and, with Jake Page, God: Myths of the Male Divine and Goddess: Myths of the Female Divine (both OUP, 1996).