Tales of the Celtic Bards
The ancient Bards encoded their knowledge of the natural world of animals and plants and the power to heal, order and judge into teasing riddles that were told or sung, not written down. They believed they had powers of divination, shape changing and the ability to travel to the 'other world'. Inspiration and vision are the foundation of Celtic myth. In this book Claire Hamilton captures the enchanting and often strange beauty of the tales they told. She recreates the experience of the Celtic listeners of long ago by framing the myth with the teller and teller with his or her audience who would have listened spellbound as this higher knowledge was handed down.
- Paperback | 320 pages
- 141 x 218 x 20mm | 431g
- 16 Oct 2008
- John Hunt Publishing
- O Books
- New Alresford, United Kingdom
An original and compelling retelling of some wonderful stories by an accomplished mistress of the bardic art. Unusual and refreshing, the book provides within its covers the variety and colour of a complete bardic festival. - Ronald Hutton, Professor of History, University of Bristol Claire has captured the essence of the 'Otherworld' held within these old tales and spun her own wonderful spell out of them. The result takes the reader on a completely captivating and magical journey - Philip Carr-Gomm, Chief of OBOD (Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids Of all the books I have ever read that retell the ancient myths this one is my favourite. It is as if the Bards themselves are whispering words from the past, rekindling the fire beneath the Awen's brew for a new generation. - Damh the Bard An important work that offers new insights into the role of the archetype in present-day spirituality. - Professor John Clarke, Kingston University, London. Brings the Celtic and Druidic narrative alive - Scientific and Medical Network
About Claire Hamilton
Claire Hamilton is a writer on Celtic and Arthurian mythology and spirituality. She runs workshops, which explore the dramatic presentation of myths through narrative, poetry and music. She lives in Monmouthshire, Wales.