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Myths and Legends of the British Isles

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THE BRITISH ISLES have a long tradition of tales of gods, heroes and marvels, hinting at a mythology once as relevant to the races which settled the islands as the Greek and Roman gods were to the classical world.The tales drawn together in this book, from a wide range of medieval sources, span the centuries from the dawn of Christianity to the age of the Plantagenets. The ...more
Hardcover, 604 pages
Published October 28th 1999 by Boydell Press (first published 1999)
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Whitney
This collection includes myths and legends from the history of the British Isles. Ranging from stories that include Greek and Roman gods to stories from the Middle Ages, there are almost forty different classic tales that have a significant place in British history. The tales are divided into five sections: The Origins, The Early History Of Britain, Marvels and Magic, Heroes and Saints, and History and Romance.

I really enjoyed reading Barber's The Knight And Chivalry, so I put some of his other
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Chris
This splendid volume collects together nearly forty different stories from Britain and Ireland, from the Roman period to the Middle Ages. The first section includes origin tales of Scotland, Ireland and England built on a mythic history already developing long before the monk Nennius was busily compiling away in the early 9th century. Then follows a section on the Early History of Britain which includes the tales from Geoffrey of Monmouth plus Lludd and Llefelys and The Dream of Maxen Wledig' (f ...more
Chris
This splendid volume collects together nearly forty different stories from Britain and Ireland, from the Roman period to the Middle Ages. The first section includes origin tales of Scotland, Ireland and England built on a mythic history already developing long before the monk Nennius was busily compiling away in the early 9th century. Then follows a section on the Early History of Britain which includes the tales from Geoffrey of Monmouth plus 'Lludd and Llefelys' and 'The Dream of Maxen Wledig' ...more
CJSilvie
A great glimpse of the many tales surrounding Britain and its history. It gives enough historical information to give context while not weighing it down with over-factual explanations.Some of the translations are not the best for example Beowulf (in my opinion) but they are often the ones that will connect with the greater ammount of people, for example the phonetic, non-standardised versions of Robin Hood leave some in a fit of confusion.
Teresa
Not a bad collection, though it covers a very wide range of years from the Roman occupation to Lady Godiva and Robin Hood in the Middle Ages.

Includes tales from Ireland, Wales, Scotland and, of course, England. Not sure it's garnered a space on my "to-keep" shelf though as I doubt I'd every need to refer to it.
Jenn
Mr. Barber did a good job at putting the stories together and for that I give him 4 stars. Unfortunately I wound up hating most of the stories there in. Some were good but this was just not something I enjoyed it became a chore to read it. So the medieval bards for the most part get 1 star.
Nikki
Interesting collection of all kinds of myths and legends, beginning from myths of the settling of Albion.
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Richard William Barber (born 1941) is a prominent British historian who has been writing and publishing in the field of medieval history and literature ever since his student days. He has specialised in the Arthurian legend, beginning with a general survey, Arthur of Albion, in 1961, which is still in print in a revised edition. His other major interest is historical biography; he has published on ...more
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