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From around 750BC to 12BC, the Celts were the most powerful people in central and northern Europe. With the expansion of the Roman Empire and the later Christianization of these lands, they were pushed to the fringes of northwestern Spain, France and the British Isles. But there the mythology of these peoples held strong.The tales from Celtic myth were noted down and also From around 750BC to 12BC, the Celts were the most powerful people in central and northern Europe. With the expansion of the Roman Empire and the later Christianization of these lands, they were pushed to the fringes of northwestern Spain, France and the British Isles. But there the mythology of these peoples held strong.The tales from Celtic myth were noted down and also absorbed into other cultures. From Roman and Christian scribes we know of characters like Morrigan the shape-shifting queen, who could change herself from a crow to a wolf, Cu Chulainn, who, mortally wounded in battle, tied himself with his own intestines to a rock so that he d die standing up, and the Cauldron of Bran, which could restore life.Other than being fascinating in their own right, Celtic legends are of interest for the influence they had over subsequent mythologies. The story of the Holy Grail first appears in medieval romances but its antecedents can be found in the Celtic tale, the Mabinogion.Illustrated with more than 180 color and black-and-white artworks and photographs and maps, Celtic Legends is an expertly written account of the mythological tales that both fascinate us and influence other writings."


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From around 750BC to 12BC, the Celts were the most powerful people in central and northern Europe. With the expansion of the Roman Empire and the later Christianization of these lands, they were pushed to the fringes of northwestern Spain, France and the British Isles. But there the mythology of these peoples held strong.The tales from Celtic myth were noted down and also From around 750BC to 12BC, the Celts were the most powerful people in central and northern Europe. With the expansion of the Roman Empire and the later Christianization of these lands, they were pushed to the fringes of northwestern Spain, France and the British Isles. But there the mythology of these peoples held strong.The tales from Celtic myth were noted down and also absorbed into other cultures. From Roman and Christian scribes we know of characters like Morrigan the shape-shifting queen, who could change herself from a crow to a wolf, Cu Chulainn, who, mortally wounded in battle, tied himself with his own intestines to a rock so that he d die standing up, and the Cauldron of Bran, which could restore life.Other than being fascinating in their own right, Celtic legends are of interest for the influence they had over subsequent mythologies. The story of the Holy Grail first appears in medieval romances but its antecedents can be found in the Celtic tale, the Mabinogion.Illustrated with more than 180 color and black-and-white artworks and photographs and maps, Celtic Legends is an expertly written account of the mythological tales that both fascinate us and influence other writings."

30 review for Celtic Legends: Heroes and Warriors, Myths and Monsters

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stephen McQuiggan

    From the origins of the Celts to the Tain Bo Cuilagne, to the Mabinogion to the Fenian Cycle, to Arthur and Camelot to the race theories of the Nazis - impressive scope for a great little book that also has a smattering of the most salient myths and some fantastic illustrations. A wonderful taster for anyone starting out on the dark Celtic path.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lyden Orbase

    Each of the 6 chapters are long. I'd say the author researched the topics well. There are beautiful illustrations or photos in every turn of the page. I liked the book because i learned new legends and bits about Celtic history and tradition. The language is easy to read, formal, no curse words or obscenities. There are themes about violence and sexuality but those are mildly discussed. My only problem was the unpronounceable Irish and Celtic names. Each of the 6 chapters are long. I'd say the author researched the topics well. There are beautiful illustrations or photos in every turn of the page. I liked the book because i learned new legends and bits about Celtic history and tradition. The language is easy to read, formal, no curse words or obscenities. There are themes about violence and sexuality but those are mildly discussed. My only problem was the unpronounceable Irish and Celtic names.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shanna

    This was a really fun read. I can’t express how much I love Celtic mythology, and this was a really great book about one of my favorite mythologies. The pictures helped a lot, and Michael Kerrigan did a fantastic job in portraying the information. I do recommend this as a read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alyx

    A fairly good read. I do wish that it had more myths in more detail and less rambling. Also I wish the names came with phonetic spellings so I could actually pronounce the names in my head.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katie Holem

    3.5 stars

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    Aaron

    I can't even put into words how disappointed I am in this I give it a 0 out of 5 but I can't so it's a one, literally so uninteresting and badly written I can't even put into words how disappointed I am in this I give it a 0 out of 5 but I can't so it's a one, literally so uninteresting and badly written

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amy Beth

    Interesting. Well done. Very academic and a bit dry. But I kind of expected that.

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    Shane

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    Michael Campbell

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    Patrick Soucy

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    Bailey Loveless

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