Snowdonia Folk Tales

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History Press, Oct 5, 2015 - History - 192 pages
North-west Wales – Old Gwynedd – is one of the most mythic parts of Britain and has some stories whose roots go back more than 2,000 years. Some, like ‘Blodeuwedd, the Woman of Flowers’, feature in the Mabinogion. Others like the story of ‘Merlin and the Dragons’ were written by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the first bestseller of all time (after the Bible), the History of the Kings of Britain. Eric Maddern retells these ancient classics in a fresh, contemporary style. He also includes lesser-known tales from Ynys Môn (the island known as Mâm Cymru, ‘Mother of Wales’), once the heartland of the Druids (like ‘The Story of the Druid Prince’) and the majestic mountains of Snowdonia (Marged Ferch Ifan, ‘the Welsh Amazon’).

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About the author (2015)

Erin Maddern studied psychology and sociology at the University of Sheffield. He toured with a show about Aboriginal Australia and worked as educational coordinator for an exhibition on human evolution at the Commonwealth Institute. He moved to North Wales and began storytelling at English Heritage sites. He has written 11 children's books. Over the last 26 years he has developed the Cae Mabon Eco-Retreat Centre, which has been described as a "Welsh Shangri-La.

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