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Product Details

  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Waking Lion Press (August 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600964001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600964008
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By j d on May 13, 2014
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Purely as a book to read for entertainment it is not great maybe a 2-3 star book. But as window into the Irish peoples struggle to remember who they are and where they came from and more important to take pride in there heritage the book becomes very interesting. Mr. Rolleston's anthropology lessons include some large leaps, and his condescending view of Welsh and Scott Celts for being more diluted than the purer Irish seem to undermine his stated purpose of the volume. I think his real point was if the Irish don't save Celtdom no one else can, and without that heritage the Irish would become another island of conquered Brits.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DrJake on May 20, 2014
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I love these little cultural history books from Kindle. You can down load them to your tablet or Chrome and take them with you for that waiting room experience or airport down time. Because they are old, they are free, but, best of all they allow one to take a trip back in time as well as space. Plus, most of the world has maintained a since of history and in many cases things written about in these old books are still available to see today. If one is interested in history these old books are a living history and well worth the price.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BORU on January 11, 2014
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i have just finished this book and i`m starting it again.its one of those books that only comes along once in a generation.the author has obviously worked incredibly hard to bring this masterpiece to us and his use of language is inspiring.not a book for everyone but i found it breathtaking in scope and eloquence.if i were stuck on an island and was allowed only two books i would bring two copies of this in case one got damaged.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By H. S. Miller on March 4, 2012
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loved every second of it. It starts slow, but when it really gets rolling, it makes the King Arthur legends begin to pale in comparison. I was very disapointed when I reached the end. I wanted MORE, MORE! Have fun reading it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 19, 2013
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This is one of the most complete and successfully succinct surveys of Celtic myth I have ever seen compiled all in one volume. It's easily readable and despite its academic nature, it's pretty entertaining. It covers not only detailed overviews of all the major legends, myths, mythological cycles (and more) from nearly all Celtic cultures (from the UK, Ireland, AND throughout Europe and beyond), BUT it also covers the history of the Celts, tracing their cultures back to their pro-Indo-European roots. It also covers the ancient Celtic connection to the neolithic peoples that first inhabited western Europe.

Some interesting stuff, and even though this book was written in the early 1900s, despite some outdated research, much of it is still fairly valid info.

The best thing of course, is the myth and legend. You'll be hard-pressed to find a more complete collection of all the stories of the Celts. Not only is the Irish mythology very complete (which believe me, is hard to find a complete collection everywhere--because there's an awful lot!), but there's a great collection of myth from all the other Celtic cultures, i.e., Wales, Brittany, etc. There's even a section on the origins of the Aurthurian legends, and a good one at that. It's hard to find such good stuff all in one place.

I like the fact that, rather than displaying each myth word for word (which would take volumes and volumes of reading), the author just gives a succinct, but detailed, overview of each story. It's like reading the Sparks Notes. He really helps describe each story in a way that explains WHY the stories are significant. He puts everything in context, which just makes it all the more entertaining.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By hereim on March 25, 2013
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As much as I love anything Celtic, I have to admit that I was disappointed with the book. It tends to be dry and more interested in the research and theories of how the "myths" came to be rather than the actual traditions of the Celtic people..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Putman on February 2, 2014
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I am interested myths and legends around the world. This book provides the reader with a nice compendium of Celtic talks and many that I have never read before. For me it was great!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By atg on March 23, 2012
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I loved this book. The legends et cetera, were very interesting. But I didn't pay much attention to the history bits. Other than that it was quite a cool book. I've always been very interested in Celtic myths and this book gave me a few to chew on.
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