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By Richard Barber

THE BRITISH ISLES have an extended culture of stories of gods, heroes and marvels, hinting at a mythology as soon as as proper to the races which settled the islands because the Greek and Roman gods have been to the classical world.The stories drawn jointly during this booklet, from a variety of medieval resources, span the centuries from the sunrise of Christianity to the age of the Plantagenets. The Norse gods which peopled the Anglo-Saxon prior live to tell the tale in Beowulf/I>; Cuchulainn, Taliesin and the magician Merlin take form from Celtic mythology; and saints comprise Helena who introduced a section of the genuine go to Britain, and Joseph of Arimathea whose employees grew into the Glastonbury thorn. stories of the British Arthur are through legends of later heroes, together with Harold, Hereward and Godiva. those figures and so forth have been a part of a well-recognized nationwide mythology on which Shakespeare drew for Lear, Macbeth and Hamlet, developing the well-known types which are identified this present day. the following the unique tales are provided back. RICHARD BARBER's different books comprise King Arthur: Hero and Legend, Arthurian Legends: An Anthology, and The Knight and Chivalry; he's at present engaged on a research of the legend of the Holy England and the British Isles have a wealthy and nonetheless thriving culture of myths and legends - and this glorious quantity collects jointly greater than thirty of the simplest from a couple of sources... a tremendous perception into the attention-grabbing but advanced heritage of the British Isles and its peoples... these fascinated about mythology probably want to upload this excellent booklet to their collections.

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Robin Hood 504 33. Macbeth 556 34. Lady Godiva 564 Epigraph 565 Index of Persons 566 Index of Places 571 Page vii ILLUSTRATIONS 1. Brutus invades Britain Fifteenth century tapestry from Saragossa Cathedral (Institut Amatller d'Art Hispanic) 2. The Deeds of Merlin Illumination from a fourteenth century manuscript of the Brut (By permission of the British Library MS Egerton 3028, f. 25) 3. Kilhwych the King's Son by Arthur Gaskin (Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery) 4. Arthur fights a Roman general (Photo Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, MS Arsenal 5077, f.

For both in Wales and Ireland, the bards were particularly valued for their skill in the history of names, so that whole stories would be told to explain the meaning of one place-name. But Cuchulain himself dominates the story, with his single-handed defence of Ulster when the men of that province lie sick under a curse. The great feats of arms are his, and there is a vibrant delight in the descriptions of them which heightens the pathos of his eventual death, drawn on inevitably as he is forced to break the magical taboos which bind him.

In that region also, they said, Saturn was confined in one of the islands by Briareus; his slumber had been artfully produced in order to chain him, and he was cared for and guarded by many attendant spirits. Page 1 THE ORIGINS To begin at the beginning . . When Virgil wanted to write a suitable epic to honour the emperor Augustus, he turned, not to the recent triumphs of Rome, but to its most ancient stories, and described how the Romans were the heirs of Troy, descended from its king, Priam, through his son Aeneas.

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