Celtic Legends

Heroes and Warriors, Myths and Monsters

By Michael Kerrigan (Author)

Price$29.95

Format Hardcover, Jacketed

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Celtic Legends

Heroes and Warriors, Myths and Monsters

by Michael Kerrigan

$29.95

Hardcover

Barnes and Noble Indiebound
OVERVIEW
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 north-western 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. 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)

Michael Kerrigan was educated at St. Edward’s College and University College, Oxford, England. He is the author of The History of Death, A Dark History: The Roman Emperors, Ancients In Their Own Words, World War II Plans That Never Happened, and American Presidents: A Dark History. He is a columnist, book reviewer, and feature writer for publications including the Scotsman and the Times Literary Supplement. Michael Kerrigan lives with his family in Edinburgh.

Pub Date: 5/1/2016

ISBN: 9781782743316

Price: $29.95

Format: Hardcover, Jacketed

Pages: 224 pages, 180 color & b-w photos & illus.

Trim: 7.313 x 9.625 Inches

Territories: US Only

Category: Literature & Fiction / Mythology

Publisher: Amber Books

Series: Histories