Celtic myths A guide to the ancient gods and legends

Miranda Aldhouse-Green

Book - 2015

"The perfect introduction for the modern reader to the world of Celtic myth and legend"--Back cover.

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New York : Thames & Hudson 2015.
Physical Description
207 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes bibliographic references and index.
Main Author
Miranda Aldhouse-Green (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

This small but mighty volume is a thorough guide to Celtic mythology. Eight chapters provide an introduction to Celtic myths and mythmakers; cover the differences between Irish and Welsh myths; and discuss heroes, animals, women, and more. Throughout the volume, quotes from myths, a variety of images, and pull-out boxes enhance the text. Maps of Ireland, England, and Wales; a bibliography for additional reading; sources; and an index complete the volume. This title is scholarly in overall tone and is recommended for public and academic library collections looking to fill a gap in this area. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Provides a guide to the world of celtic mythology, introducing supernatural characters and key motifs while discussing how and by whom the legends have been transmitted throughout history.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A beautifully produced guide to the world of Celtic mythology, bringing together archaeology, history, and fantastical stories to paint a vivid picture of Celtic heritage

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From gods, heroes, and monsters to Druids, sorcerers, and talking animals, TheCeltic Myths explores every aspect of Irish and Welsh myths in this appealing and authoritative guide. Besides vividly retelling the tales, Miranda Aldhouse-Green brings her expertise in the archaeology of the Iron Age and particularly shamanism to bear on the mythical world she describes, with evidence as diverse as the Gundestrup Cauldron and the famous bog bodies.Starting with a discussion of how myths are transmitted and by whom, Aldhouse-Green continues with an account of Irish and Welsh myths, their key actors and motifs, and themes such as heroes, animals, women, environment, and the Otherworld. The book concludes with a look at the influence of monastic chroniclers on the tales, which they preserved and adapted.Boxed features, quotes from primary texts and contemporary sources, two-color illustrations, photographs, and drawings all come together to create a comprehensive guide for anyone interested in Celtic history or the history of myth as well as anyone who simply loves a good story.