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  • Mythology of the British Isles

  • The Geoffrey Ashe Histories
  • By: Geoffrey Ashe
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Nichols
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Summary

A brilliant exploration of the legends of the British Isles.

From the dark centuries of British prehistory to the ninth century AD, comes tales of giants and fairy-folk of druids and saints. From King Lear and King Arthur, to Fingal, Beowulf, Gwendolen, and Guinevere legendary characters have shaped the making of the nation.

But who were they? In Mythology of the British Isles, Geoffrey Ashe explores how each of these stories are inter-connected, and how they have taken on fresh significance and meaning as historical and archaeological research has uncovered the truth behind each legend.

He demonstrates, too, how legends from Ireland, such as The Voyages of Bran and Saint Brendan, shed unexpected light on British stories like Arthur’s voyage to Avalon. And modern myths and beliefs are examined and placed in context, from the Glastonbury Zodiac and the interpretation of ley lines, to the possible biblical pedigree of modern royalty.

In Mythology of the British Isles, Geoffrey Ashe uncovers a British mythology, which is comparable to the Greek in its richness and cohesiveness, and which possesses a national genius all of its own.

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"A 'must-have' for anyone interested in the history and mythology of the British Isles." (Medieval History)

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I feel failed by my schooling

Really interesting overview of the stories that make a people.
I was surprised by how much of this book was new to me, and will definitely return to it.
The chapters are logical in their order, both well written and well read, and leave you satisfied with the depth of subject coverage.
The only downside of my experience listening was my frequent question as to how I had reached my mid 40s knowing so little of my native country's mythology.

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Good, well worth a read/listen.

A good presentation of this subject.
The depth of research could not be doubted for this work. In fact it is a little too much to take on at time.
Still, a unique and interesting work.

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Disappointing.

What could have been a good audiobook is let down by the monotone drone of the reader. It sent me to sleep.