Celtic Legends

Celtic Legends : The Gods and Warriors, Myths and Monsters

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From around 750BC to 12BC, the Celts were the most powerful people in central and northern Europe. With the expansion of the Roman Empire and the later Christianization of these lands, they were pushed to the fringes of north-western Spain, France and the British Isles. But there the mythology of these peoples held strong. The tales from Celtic myth were noted down and also absorbed into other cultures. From Roman and Christian scribes we know of characters like Morrigan the shape-shifting queen, who could change herself from a crow to a wolf, Cu Chulainn, who, mortally wounded in battle, tied himself with his own intestines to a rock so that he'd die standing up, and the Cauldron of Bran, which could restore life. Other than being fascinating in their own right, Celtic legends are of interest for the influence they had over subsequent mythologies. The story of the Holy Grail first appears in medieval romances but its antecedents can be found in the Celtic tale, the Mabinogion. Illustrated with more than 180 colour and black-and-white artworks and photographs and maps, Celtic Legends is an expertly written account of the mythological tales that both fascinate us and influence other writings.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 186 x 244 x 25.4mm | 816.47g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 180 b/w and colour photographs
  • 1782743316
  • 9781782743316
  • 2,242,238

Table of contents

Celtic Peoples 6

Chapter One
The Celtic Cosmos 28

Chapter Two
The Wars of Ulster 60

Chapter Three
The Fenian Cycle 120

Chapter Four
The Mabinogion of Wales 150

Chapter Five
"To the Wilds!" 190

Chapter Six
The Celtic Legacy 204

Glossary 218
Index 219
Picture Credits 224
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About Michael Kerrigan

Michael Kerrigan was born in Liverpool and educated at St Edward's College and University College, Oxford. He is the co-author of The Reader's Digest Illustrated History of the World (2005-8). His publications extend over the entire course of ancient and modern history, with a focus on some of its most unexpected aspects: titles ranging from Everyday Life Through the Ages (Reader's Digest, 2005) to A History of Death (Lyons Press, 2007); from Instruments of Torture (Lyons Press, 2001) to The US Presidents: A Dark History (Barnes & Noble, 2011). He has taken a special interest in military affairs, most recently contributing to The Second World War: The Definitive Visual Guide (Dorling Kindersley, 2009),War: From Ancient Egypt to Iraq (Dorling Kindersley, 2009) and 1001 Battles that Changed the Course of History (Cassell, 1011). A regular reviewer for the Scotsman newspaper and for the Times Literary Supplement, London, he lives with his family in Edinburgh.
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