Celtic Myth and Legend

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Courier Corporation, Jan 16, 2013 - Social Science - 464 pages
The legends of ancient Britain retain a profound allure for readers around the world, assuring a warm reception for this introduction to the colorful pageant of Celtic myth. Its wondrous tales range from the oft-told deeds of Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table to the less-familiar adventures of the mighty Finn and his Fenians, Ulster's Champions of the Red Branch, and other figures from the Gaelic pantheon.
Tracing the exploits of kings and saints back to their earliest origins, the author reveals the pagan roots beneath the medieval Christianity and follows the stories' transformations into the fairy tales of the Victorian age. Minimal use of scholarly notes and a highly accessible style make this reader-friendly volume an ideal steppingstone in the path toward the magic cauldron of Celtic myth.
 

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Contents

FINN AND THE FENIANS
THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE GODS
THE BRITISH GODS AND THEIR STORIES
THE GODS OF THE BRITONS
THE ADVENTURES OF THE GODS OF HADES
THE WOOING OF BRANWEN AND THE BEHEADING OF BRN
THE WAR OF ENCHANTMENTS
THE VICTORIES OF LIGHT OVER DARKNESS

THE WAR WITH THE GIANTS
THE CONQUEST OF THE GODS BY MORTALS
THE GODS IN EXILE
THE IRISH ILIAD
SOME GAELIC LOVESTORIES
ARTHUR
SURVIVALS OF THE CELTIC PAGANISM
INDEX
TABLE OF PRONUNCIATION FOR THE MORE DIFFICULT
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