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The Ancient Irish Goddess of War

The Ancient Irish Goddess of War

W. M. Hennessey

The substance of this paper was read before the Royal Irish Academy on the 25th of January, 1869. It was very influential in establishing the interpretation of The Morrígan as being the goddess of war. The Morrígan (“terror” or “phantom queen”) or Mórrígan (“great queen”) (aka Morrígu, Morríghan, Mor-Ríoghain) is a figure from Irish mythology who…

Ancient Streets and Homesteads of England

Alfred Rimmer

With 150 illustrations. From the Preface: ‘It cannot with truth be said that monumental history is treated in our day with scanty regard. Never, perhaps, were such permanent and forcible memorials of the past as the Arch of Titus in Rome, the Pont du Gard in the south of France, and the Porta Nigra of Treves, visited and gazed upon with warmer…

The Aran Islands

The Aran Islands

John M. Synge

With 10 illustrations. This is a book relating the author’s experiences when he visited the Aran Islands (Inis Mór, Inis Meáin and Inis Óirr) several times on the suggestion of William Butler Yeats

The Barddas of Iolo Morganwg Volume 1

The Barddas of Iolo Morganwg Volume 1

J. Williams Ab Ithel

The Barddas of Iolo Morganwg is a collection of writings, largely forged, about ancient Welsh Bardic and Druidic beliefs. Although the author of this work is cited as J. Williams Ab Ithel, he was actually the editor, who pieced it together from manuscripts written by Iolo Morganwg (1747-1826), born Edward Williams, a native speaker of both English…

The Barddas of Iolo Morganwg, Volume 2

The Barddas of Iolo Morganwg, Volume 2

J. Williams Ab Ithel

This is volume II of the Barddas of Iolo Morganwg. This volume, which ends abruptly mid-sentence, is essentially a set of bylaws for the organization of Welsh Bards. While it does not have the depth and curious lore of the first volume, it is of some historical interest.

Basque Legends

Basque Legends

Wentworth Webster

Chapters include: The Tartaro; Errua, The Madman; The Three Brothers, The Cruel Master, And The Tartaro; The Tartaro and Petit Perroquet; The Grateful Tartaro and the Heren-Suge; The Seven-Headed Serpent; The Serpent in the Wood; Acheria, The Fox; The Ass and the Wolf; Basa-Jauna, The Wild Man; The Servant at the Fairy’s; The Fairy in the House…

Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of England

Bede's Ecclesiastical History of England

A. M. Sellar

Considered to be one of the most important original references on Anglo-Saxon history, Bede’s Ecclesiastical History Of England has played a key role in the development of an English national identity. It is believed to have been completed in 731, when Bede was approximately 59 years old.

Beowolf

Beowolf

J. Lesslie Hall

In the poem, Beowulf, a hero of the Geats in Scandinavia, comes to the help of Hrothgar, the king of the Danes, whose mead hall (Heorot) has been under attack by a being known as Grendel. After Beowulf slays him, Grendel’s mother attacks the hall and is then also defeated. Victorious, Beowulf goes home to Geatland in Sweden and later becomes king…

Beside The Fire

Beside The Fire

Douglas Hyde

A Collection Of 15 Irish Gaelic Folk Stories. From the Preface: ‘IRISH and Scotch Gaelic folk-stories are, as a living form of literature, by this time pretty nearly a thing of the past. They have been trampled in the common ruin under the feet of the Zeitgeist, happily not before a large harvest has been reaped in Scotland, but, unfortunately, before…

Bill Nye’s History of England

Bill Nye

This is a comic history of England, from the druids to the reign of Henry VIII. Plenty of illustrations; the historical, educational content of this book is first class, albeit told in rather brief highlights, mainly concerning monarchs and major battles. The comedic element I suppose is a matter of taste.

A Book Of Folk-Lore

A Book Of Folk-Lore

Sabine Baring-Gould

A study of some of the themes found in the folklore of the West of England. From the Preliminary: ‘In some instances we can trace scraps of folklore back to whence they came. In the legends of several of the Irish saints we have them represented as floating over the sea on leaves. The idea is so odd and so preposterous–as there are in Ireland…

The Book of Kells

The Book of Kells

Edward Sullivan

With 24 colour plates. A manuscript of the Gospel richly illustrated with Celtic motifs and deep symbolism. This book includes an extended introduction to the Book of Kells, along with its historic and linguistic background and high resolution scans of the illustrations, which include many famous pages from this amazing manuscript.

A Book Of Old English Ballads

A Book Of Old English Ballads

George Wharton Edwards

With over 50 illustrations. This collection of ballads contains some of the best known English folk lyrics. It should be noted that ‘Old English’ in this case doesn’t mean ‘Anglo-Saxon’; strictly speaking these are written in late Middle or early Modern English. This makes them accessible, even enjoyable, for a modern audience. Many of these…

A Book Of Saints And Wonders

A Book Of Saints And Wonders

Lady Gregory

Published in 1906, this book contains the doings and lives of Saints Brigit, Columcille, Patrick, and Brendan the Navigator (who voyaged to the promised land). The last two chapters are more mythical, one dealing with the fabulous voyage of Maeldune and the other, called `Great Wonders of the Old Time’.

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