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A collection of sixty four Welsh legends, gathered from across Wales. Previously published in four volumes as ‘Legends and Myths from Wales’. Learn how the Temptress of Cilgerran tricked her husband, the truth of the French invasion, why there is a Prince sleeping in caves deep beneath Carreg Cennen Castle, the secret of Culver Hole and why Twm Shon Cati is known as the We A collection of sixty four Welsh legends, gathered from across Wales. Previously published in four volumes as ‘Legends and Myths from Wales’. Learn how the Temptress of Cilgerran tricked her husband, the truth of the French invasion, why there is a Prince sleeping in caves deep beneath Carreg Cennen Castle, the secret of Culver Hole and why Twm Shon Cati is known as the Welsh Robin Hood. Discover the story of Dafydd Gam and how he got his name, why the Men of Harlech were so valiant and the reason King Tewdrig wanted to save his kingdom. Learn the incredible story of Merthyr and its Iron Masters. These are just a few of the stories told in these pages. Many of them are based on factual events. Some have mythical roots, but all are entertaining.


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A collection of sixty four Welsh legends, gathered from across Wales. Previously published in four volumes as ‘Legends and Myths from Wales’. Learn how the Temptress of Cilgerran tricked her husband, the truth of the French invasion, why there is a Prince sleeping in caves deep beneath Carreg Cennen Castle, the secret of Culver Hole and why Twm Shon Cati is known as the We A collection of sixty four Welsh legends, gathered from across Wales. Previously published in four volumes as ‘Legends and Myths from Wales’. Learn how the Temptress of Cilgerran tricked her husband, the truth of the French invasion, why there is a Prince sleeping in caves deep beneath Carreg Cennen Castle, the secret of Culver Hole and why Twm Shon Cati is known as the Welsh Robin Hood. Discover the story of Dafydd Gam and how he got his name, why the Men of Harlech were so valiant and the reason King Tewdrig wanted to save his kingdom. Learn the incredible story of Merthyr and its Iron Masters. These are just a few of the stories told in these pages. Many of them are based on factual events. Some have mythical roots, but all are entertaining.

30 review for Welsh Legends and Myths

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ginger Bensman

    Written in clear accessible language, Graham Watkins’ Welsh Legends and Myths is an extensive and well-researched compendium of Welsh lore, legends, traditional myths and histories. Individual selections are brief (each only several pages long). There are 80 short traditional tales. Some are centuries old and others are more recent (i.e. the eighteen hundreds). These stories are imbued with the supernatural and set in an ancient and fascinating world (Wales) when magic was part of the everyday e Written in clear accessible language, Graham Watkins’ Welsh Legends and Myths is an extensive and well-researched compendium of Welsh lore, legends, traditional myths and histories. Individual selections are brief (each only several pages long). There are 80 short traditional tales. Some are centuries old and others are more recent (i.e. the eighteen hundreds). These stories are imbued with the supernatural and set in an ancient and fascinating world (Wales) when magic was part of the everyday experience. Here you will find ghost stories, dragons, devil dogs, fairies, tales of saints, the mythical origins of natural wonders, and of course, there are knights (this is, after all, the land of King Arthur). My one wish for this book would be a tighter and more meaningful curation, perhaps around themes or time-lines, but that’s a minor criticism. If you love fairy tales and myths, and/or have a special love for Wales, this is a great collection.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ann Thomas

    This is a lovely book, full of fascinating stories, well told. The reasons I didn't give it 5* are because I would have preferred the stories in each section to be in chronological order, and I caught a historical error, which undermined my confidence in the standard of the stories. But I found at least one story which has inspired me to consider researching and adding it to my series 'Stories of Medieval Gower.' Thank you very much! Recommended. This is a lovely book, full of fascinating stories, well told. The reasons I didn't give it 5* are because I would have preferred the stories in each section to be in chronological order, and I caught a historical error, which undermined my confidence in the standard of the stories. But I found at least one story which has inspired me to consider researching and adding it to my series 'Stories of Medieval Gower.' Thank you very much! Recommended.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    Made up of several dozen short, essay-length chapters, this is a somewhat odd combination of disparate myths and short, light histories. So, one chapter will feature mermaids, the next a historical figure and more or less his/er actual historical role, then right back to a magical cave or Arthurian origin story. Ghosts in one chapter are followed up by, say, pirates in another and short, old wives tales lead to snippets of epic myths. It makes for a jumbled mix of accounts that feel thrown toget Made up of several dozen short, essay-length chapters, this is a somewhat odd combination of disparate myths and short, light histories. So, one chapter will feature mermaids, the next a historical figure and more or less his/er actual historical role, then right back to a magical cave or Arthurian origin story. Ghosts in one chapter are followed up by, say, pirates in another and short, old wives tales lead to snippets of epic myths. It makes for a jumbled mix of accounts that feel thrown together without much rhyme or reason. If there was an organizing principle behind the presentation, I wasn't able to discern it. Putting them into periods or themes (knights and nobles, spirits and ghosts, etc.) would have made it much smoother to read. The writing is clear and approachable, which can sometimes be a problem for mythic accounts, so it's a very easy read. Things like the names characters and locations in Welsh (Celtic?) are given their English translations where appropriate and meaningful. Like a lot of compilations of folk tales and legends (the Grimm Bros., for example) many of the stories lack the kind of fulsome storytelling that we are familiar with these days, so the endings read as abrupt or otherwise unfinished. That said, those familiar with such stories before companies like Disney get their hands on them will recognize the form and anecdotal quality. Despite the scattergun approach to organization, I can see how this book could be useful as a reference or for inspiration, and if used as something like a writers' resource for stories or myths then it could be a valuable reference. The lack of organization makes it a bit difficult to use for that purpose, but it would still be a good place to go in order to find some sort of inspiration.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Laurence

    A solid 3.5 stars on this, but I have to round down (GR can we get half stars?) as I would have liked a bit more meat on a number of these stories. I liked how many of these were stories built out of the medieval period around real characters, events and locations. Naturally with a collection of 80 stories some are better than others, some really shine while others end quite abruptly without the impact. I don't normally like ghost stories but several of these worked well here. A solid 3.5 stars on this, but I have to round down (GR can we get half stars?) as I would have liked a bit more meat on a number of these stories. I liked how many of these were stories built out of the medieval period around real characters, events and locations. Naturally with a collection of 80 stories some are better than others, some really shine while others end quite abruptly without the impact. I don't normally like ghost stories but several of these worked well here.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marcy Thomas

    This is great for a beginner, but this has more legends than myths, but I feel like there might be better ones out there. Some of the retelling sure weren’t very imaginative, but it explains the stories well enough. My biggest issue with this book is that someone skipped the proofreading stage, because this is riddled with grammatical errors and inconsistent names.

  6. 4 out of 5

    stefanddddddd

    Interesting book. despite the forgotten times suggested by the title, some of the legends are quite recent. Everything is presented in a factual way with no literary flavor. It's closer to the language used in a patent application than to a novel. Interesting book. despite the forgotten times suggested by the title, some of the legends are quite recent. Everything is presented in a factual way with no literary flavor. It's closer to the language used in a patent application than to a novel.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Viggo Pedersen

    A great book with 80 of the best myths and legends from all over Wales. Short stories, usually 3 or 4 pages long. Stories about Kings and Queens, Knights and Princesses, battles and strange creatures, love and betrayal.

  8. 4 out of 5

    gloria pope

    Interesting read about wales Great to help with welsh history

  9. 4 out of 5

    Eric Tanafon

    I had mixed feelings about Welsh Legends and Myths. It's an easy book to read, since the average length of each legend is a few pages, and even if you only have a few minutes you can get through a couple. I did find it a little jarring how the subjects jumped around--the stories are loosely organized by Welsh region, but you might find yourself reading about the twentieth century in one story and the thirteenth in the next. There is much of interest here. I've read a fair amount about Celtic cul I had mixed feelings about Welsh Legends and Myths. It's an easy book to read, since the average length of each legend is a few pages, and even if you only have a few minutes you can get through a couple. I did find it a little jarring how the subjects jumped around--the stories are loosely organized by Welsh region, but you might find yourself reading about the twentieth century in one story and the thirteenth in the next. There is much of interest here. I've read a fair amount about Celtic culture, in Wales and elsewhere, but found stories here that were new to me. I enjoyed learning about the outlaw Twm Shon Cati,for instance, and the drovers who brought cattle from Wales to market in London--basically, Welsh cowboys. However, this also brings up one of my issues with the book. 'Legends and Myths' is really a misnomer. At the least, the stories are heavily weighted toward the Legend end of the spectrum, and many are tales straight out of history, though the author often adds some dramatization. When I saw 'Myths' in the title I hoped there would be material from the Mabinogion, say, or tales of the Tylwyth Teg (the 'Fair Family', Welsh fairies). I was disappointed to find that the Tylwyth Teg appeared in just one story, and though there are a number of medieval and pre-medieval tales, neither Manawyddan nor Rhiannon are to be found here. The few stories that could arguably be called myths are exclusively Christian. Pagans are invariably depicted as evil and murderous. This is probably not a big deal for the average reader, but since I'm Heathen, it put me off quite a bit. I did note with some interest, though, that many of the exploits of priests or bishops don't seem very different from the deeds of a Druid or a wizard. They issue curses that seem to operate like magic spells, and in fact one priest calls lightning and storm to guard a treasure from marauding Vikings, only to find that the same 'spell' also keeps the treasure's rightful owners from ever regaining it. Unfortunately, the book could have used more attention to editing, especially in regards to punctuation--sometimes the mistakes wind up changing the meaning of a sentence, which can be funny, but distracts from the narrative. Overall, though Welsh Legends and Myths presents much that is entertaining and informative, I felt that it fell short of its promise.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ronesa Aveela

    I love myths and legends from all cultures, so I was eager to read tales from Wales. I was certain I would find a few about Arthur, and I was right. The book speaks much of the country's violent past, with wars, pirates, and the treatment of the lower classes by the nobility. But it also has a theme of love and marriage, although most have an unhappy ending. Many of the stories are a combination of legend and history, with some supernatural added to the mix. The book is written in an easy to unde I love myths and legends from all cultures, so I was eager to read tales from Wales. I was certain I would find a few about Arthur, and I was right. The book speaks much of the country's violent past, with wars, pirates, and the treatment of the lower classes by the nobility. But it also has a theme of love and marriage, although most have an unhappy ending. Many of the stories are a combination of legend and history, with some supernatural added to the mix. The book is written in an easy to understand way. The stories are short and snappy. There is one repeated story, but each is told from a different perspective, so it didn't bother me. This is a great little treasure for anyone wanting to learn more about Wales. The version I read had 80 myths, so this one may be an older copy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carly Compass

    Welsh Legends and Myths: 80 Myths and Legends from across Wales is very well written, researched and documented. A great book to use as a resource for research, but could have used a little more embellishments with the fairytale aspect that a romance author might implore. Overall a very entertaining read with a documentarian flourish. Graham Watkins is a trusted guide to take you through the centuries! I will definitely be reading more of Grahams books in the future!

  12. 4 out of 5

    shiree.larvinoutlook.com

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Freeman

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Spruce

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mr R D Nash

  16. 4 out of 5

    Logan Horsford

  17. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mark A Long

  19. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Long

  20. 4 out of 5

    david belle

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rx

  22. 4 out of 5

    Manzurul Haque

  23. 4 out of 5

    Clayton

  24. 4 out of 5

    Natasha Stone

  25. 4 out of 5

    P.L. Bogen

  26. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  27. 5 out of 5

    Fredrik

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ross Whiting

  29. 4 out of 5

    Iwan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Caz Hawls

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