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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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