A Celtic Reader : Selections from Celtic Legend, Scholarship and Story
This book is considered by some to be a modern form of the old art of story-telling when tales were told round a turf fire or a sacred spring. The view is given that if modern man would allow himself to be reminded of the true history of the world and to live once more in intimate relation to the song-lines of tradition, he would serve a double purpose and ease his own sense of separateness.
- Paperback | 320 pages
- 149.86 x 228.6 x 15.24mm | 544.31g
- 01 Aug 1992
- HarperCollins Publishers
- London, United Kingdom
- b&w line drawings
Table of contents
Part 1 The Druid priesthood: druids and druidism in ancient Ireland, Eugene O'Curry; the mistletoe sacrament, W.B. Crow; mythology and rites of the British druids, Edward Davies. Part 2 Trojan outpost - from troia novant to Celtic Britain: the Trojan era, R.W. Morgan; monumenta historica celtica, W. Dinan; the pretanic background, Eoin MacNeill. Part 3 The first stories - Mabinogi and saga: myth in the Mabinogion, E. Anwyl; the second battle of Mag Turea. Part 4 The hidden world - Taliesin and the art of inspiration: Taliesin in story and song, D.W. Nash; poems from the book of Taliesin, W.F. Skene; Taliesin and Amairgein, H. d'Arbois de Jubainville. Part 5 The dialogue of Arthur and the eagle; the story of Trystan and Essyllt; King Arthur and Congnal Clairinghneach. Part 6 Celtic mystery - the ongoing tradition: Cormac's adventures in the land of promise; ancient fables, Iolo Morgannwg; Taliesin, Thomas Samuel Jones; the cosmic legend, Ross Nichols; a dream of Aengus Og, A.E.V.